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.
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.
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
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.