Around 25% of adults have untreated tooth decay. Some may not even realize it.

Assuming you do realize it, you know it needs to be addressed. If you’re like most people, though, a visit to the dentist might not make it to the top of your priority list.

With that said, you may or may not realize that dental technology has come a long way over the years in making your visit comfortable.

The latest cutting-edge technology comes in the form of 3D dental x-rays. This revolutionary dental scan technique provides detailed images in seconds.

Read on to learn about how they work and the benefits they offer!

Numerous Views Of Your Mouth

3D dental x-rays use radiation similar to conventional radiographic imaging. The 3D cone beam imaging is able to convert the images into a three-dimensional view. They can then be viewed and manipulated on computer software.

The images are the most complete views of facial anatomy ever provided to dentists.

This 3D technology evolved from CAT scan imaging used in medicine. A CAT scan rotates around a patient very quickly, whereas the cone beam scanner rotates on an arm once around the patient’s head.

One of the most important aspects of 3D dental x-rays is the power of “repeatability.” This technology provides images that are not only accurate, but are also fast and easy to obtain.

This reliable dental tool allows dentists to see all views of a patient’s mouth, including bone structure, jaw anatomy, soft tissues and nerve tracks. This helps your dentist to perform procedures such as an implant placement or a root canal.

No special preparation is needed for the x-rays and no discomfort will be experienced.

Also, although the quality of the images in on par with CAT scan images, 3D dental x-rays give off far less radiation.

Increased Confidence

When nothing is hidden from your dentist’s view, confidence in both diagnosis and treatment is high.

3D dental x-rays give a complete picture of oral, jaw and dental areas.

As the patient, your stress will decrease if you are able to see an image of a root fracture while discussing with your dentist the advised treatment for it. You’ll be more confident that your dentist knows what they’re talking about.

Your dentist’s diagnosis will be more accurate and your treatment can be more precise with help from 3D dental x-rays. The view can be rotated or zoomed in on. With the ability to see every side of the tooth, including the hidden parts, your dentist can make the best decision for your mouth.

3D Dental X-Rays Are The Best Way To See Your Smile

In 2015, only 64% of adults visited the dentist. Whether you skipped last year’s visit or go twice a year, you’ll want to make sure you have the best technology available at your next visit.

Now that you know that 3D dental x-rays are available, safe, and accurate, be sure to ask about them when scheduling.

If you’re ready to take steps to show off your smile, contact us today to schedule an appointment!