How does 3D Imaging in Dentistry Work?

With the release of any new dental technology, it’s important for patients to consider not only cost and risks but also the benefits of using it in their treatment. In the case of 3D dental imaging, the advantages are clear, granting practitioners and patients alike a better clinical experience.

3D imaging in dentistry allows clinicians to view dental anatomy from different angles. A 3D scan can help gain a better view of bone structures, such as adjacent root positions, in order to locate canals and root fractures, as well as provide the ability to more accurately measure anatomical structures. These scans also support a wide range of diagnosis and treatment planning, making them extremely flexible.

Furthermore, they increase the possibility of treatment success, granting practitioners greater predictability and confidence in preparing for extractions, performing root evaluations, and placing implants.

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Sirona Orthophos SL 3D

Sirona has developed an x-ray system with innovative imaging technology for the greatest possible contrast with the lowest possible doses of radiation. In addition, there are numerous features, such as EasyPad operation, Easy Volume Indicator (EVI), the AutoPositioner for 2D and 3D patient positioning and ambient light that are designed to further workflow efficiency and support the clinician’s ability to capture the highest resolution with 2D and 3D images that aid in diagnosis and treatment.

Sharp Layer is one of the most prominent features of the new Orthophos SL technology. It automatically adapts the panoramic curve of the 3D sensor to the patient’s individual anatomical situation and produces a razor sharp image.

Sharp layer technology uses several thousand individual projections for one panoramic image, which are taken very rapidly from several angles in one rotation. Its advantages include excellent panoramic images and the possibility of compensating for positioning errors retroactively. The automatically implemented sharp layer technology intelligently adapts the sharp layer and does away with the necessity for the advance selection of jaw morphology and front tooth position, thus simplifying the operation of the x-ray unit.

In addition, the interactive sharp layer technology makes it possible to shift the depth of focus retroactively, so that in case of unclear images it can be immediately detected which structure is in front and which is behind.

Final Thoughts

3D dental imaging delivers the power of repeatability, providing fast and accurate imaging that’s consistent—and thus, reliable. Using a 3D dental scanner equips dental professionals with a comprehensive view, letting them see specific conditions in the region of interest to determine whether a treatment is necessary. Because details show up so clearly, patients can be more confident in a dentist’s decision. In addition, the use of dental imaging technology often creates a more comfortable and engaging dental visit for the patient.

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