What is 3D Imaging?
Although digital oral x-rays may be able to collect two-dimensional images of your mouth and teeth, 3D oral imaging can provide a 360-degree view. 3D oral imaging using the KaVo™ CBCT scanner allows our team at NowDental of Suffolk to study the full extent of potential oral health issues or areas of damage to the teeth, mouth, skull, and jaw of our Long Island and Smithtown, NY patients. This state-of-the-art technology can paint a full, accurate, and detailed picture of your overall dental health. In addition to helping us assess possible dental health issues, it also helps determine and decipher what alterations should be made. 3D oral imaging allows for a faster diagnosis and more exact treatment options. The images that are taken can even be used to make more detailed dental implants, crowns, onlays, inlays, etc. This imaging technique allows us to help our patients make knowledgeable choices pertaining to their dental treatments. For more information on our state-of-the-art equipment and how it can provide you with incredible dental care, contact our Smithtown, NY office to schedule a dental exam.
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Am I A Candidate for 3D Oral Imaging?
3D oral imaging can be used to identify a large variety of dental issues for men and women of any age. For kids, it's equipped to monitor developments and changes in dental and facial architecture. In addition, it improves the treatment planning process by allowing patients the best possible alternatives for monitoring and repairing issues.
How Does 3D Oral Imaging Work?
Similar to dental x-rays, 3D oral imaging is typically a part of your regular dental exam. The actual process is similar to having an x-ray taken, but when using 3D imaging, our KaVo CBCT scanner will move 360-degrees around your head to get a precise image. The entire process takes about 20 – 40 seconds for a full-mouth view. The pictures are then uploaded to our computer system so we can review and determine whether you are experiencing any dental conditions that may need treatment. Because the imaging process can expose individuals to radiation, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should let our staff know beforehand. Additionally, children should minimize their exposure to radiation and only undergo 3D imaging if required and approved by a professional.
Is Follow-Up Necessary After 3D Imaging?
There is not a need for a formal follow-up after undergoing 3D oral imaging, but it is strongly suggested and highly recommended that you keep biannual teeth cleanings and dental checkups to maintain optimal oral health. A meticulous dental wellness regimen is also just as imperative, such as brushing twice a day and flossing every day, to help keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Does Insurance Cover 3D Oral Imaging?
3D imaging is not usually covered by insurance. Our team can get in touch with your insurance provider and inform you if there are any additional charges that are not covered by your policy.
3D Oral Imaging for A Detailed View
3D oral imaging is an efficient way to successfully discover and treat issues that may occur in your mouth, jaw, or teeth. 3D oral imaging is often utilized during surgical and nonsurgical dental therapies to help oversee the treatment and reduce the risk of complications. If you'd like to incorporate 3D imaging into your routine dental exam, NowDental of Suffolk offers this digital imaging using the state-of-the-art KaVo CBCT scanner. For more information, call our Smithtown, NY office to book an appointment right away.