Our world is today mostly a digital maze of interwoven technology where one of the most popular introductions happens to be 3-dimensional technology, better known as 3D. From imaging to filming, 3D is the future and most movies are now released in this format. As amazing as this has been in the field of entertainment, what does it mean in the scope of more serious needs such as medicine? Well in dentistry, the Cone Beam 3D tool is invaluable in projecting images of your oral cavity in stunning detail. If you have not heard of this before, think of it as a far more advanced X-ray as opposed to your regular X-rays… a Professor of X-rays if you will!
The Cone Beam 3D technology has many interesting facts to it, some of which have been outlined below… so next time you are offered the option at least you will have some idea about what you are dealing with!
- A regular X-ray will be able to show you your teeth as well as your gums and the jawbone; the Cone Beam 3D option however will be able to not only show you these, you will also be able to get an in-depth look into the nerve routes as well as sinuses and other important anatomical information that is particularly critical to matters of dental implants, bone grafting, and so on.
- The equipment derives its name from the cone-shaped beam it emits, which narrows in the mouth pin-pointing with precision the area it needs to scan. Although it does consume more radiation in comparison to your conventional X-ray, its results are extremely useful as they not only aid in the above requirements, but also contribute to treatment options where oral surgery and even sleep disorders are concerned.
- 3D Imaging allows both you and your dentist the chance to thoroughly examine the construction of your jaw and where exactly the issue lies. Tumours are also detected more easily which reduces the trauma the patient has to undergo. Dental examinations and treatments can be quite invasive and painful, so the more you minimise this the better it is.
Of course, you would never make the decision to use the Cone Beam 3D equipment yourself; your dentist would work closely with you to first understand the problem and on working out the treatment process, would determine whether or not you would need it. Most dental clinics around the world it is worth noting, have turned towards this as an option given just how convenient it is.
Where pediatric care is concerned, you would need to make sure every avenue is covered and that it is safe for use on young patients. If it is not, you are better of going the old-fashioned away… after all better safe than sorry! This is however, a great option for those who may have a weak immune system or who may have concerns on radiation exposure where traditional X-rays are involved as they emit lower radiation. Discuss your options during your consultation and see whether this could be for you!