CT, Panoramic & Digital X-rays
Technology that was once reserved for medical CT scans is now being used to create realistic 3D representations of a patient’s entire smile. The Planmeca Promax 3D is an imaging device that produces all of the required volume sizes for diagnosing the maxillofacial region (your jaw bones) to the entire skull.
Using Cone Beam Computed Technology (CBCT) a large number of two dimensional x-ray images are taken from different angles. A 3-D volumetric image is then calculated from these 2-D projections, which means that the final image can be viewed at any angle.
It’s effortless and comfortable for you; there’s side entry access so it is 100% accessible to patients with mobility issues or claustrophobia.
It rotates around your head to capture approximately 600 distinct images, which has a considerable advantage over traditional x-rays because it decreases guesswork and interpretation that traditional x-rays require.
Another benefit to our patients is that it uses incredibly low levels of radiation, and exposure time when capturing images (approximately 3 seconds). We are able to obtain ideal resolutions while maintaining patient dose levels that comply with ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principle.
Digital x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Are dental x-rays safe?
Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Our team take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, fast film that cuts down the exposure time of each x-ray.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.
What is it used for?
> dental implant planning - all of our implant surgeries start with a 3D model of your mouth
> oral surgery planning
> TMJ analysis
> root canal diagnosis
> periodontal diagnosis
Dental x-rays may reveal:
> Abscesses or cysts.
> Bone loss.
> Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
> Decay between the teeth.
> Developmental abnormalities.
> Poor tooth and root positions.
> Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.