3D Diagnostic X-rays
Frequently Asked Questions
3D diagnostic X-rays, also known as cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans, are a type of imaging technology that uses a cone-shaped X-ray beam to produce detailed, 3-dimensional images of the teeth, jawbone, and surrounding tissues.
Traditional dental X-rays produce flat, 2-dimensional images of the teeth and surrounding tissues, while 3D diagnostic X-rays produce detailed 3-dimensional images that allow for more precise diagnosis and treatment planning.
3D diagnostic X-rays may be recommended for a variety of dental procedures, including dental implant placement, orthodontic treatment planning, and diagnosing complex dental conditions such as impacted teeth or jaw tumours.
While 3D diagnostic X-ray technology does expose patients to radiation, the amount of radiation is generally considered safe and minimal. Your dentist will take steps to minimize your exposure to radiation, such as using lead aprons and limiting the number of X-rays taken.
A 3D diagnostic X-ray typically takes only a few seconds to capture, and the entire process takes only a few minutes. The images are immediately available for your dentist to review and use for diagnosis and treatment planning.
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