This type of x-ray gives dentists a 3D model of their patients’ mouths, allowing for a more thorough and complete assessment of the work that needs to be done. It uses a type of beam radiation, which allows for hundreds of images to be captured quickly in a single scan, rather than readjusting a machine into place for each image. This method has several advantages over classic methods.
When compared to typical scans, 3D dental x-rays:
• Have a simple production process.
• Provide better image quality and less distortion.
• Capture and store images digitally, so they are less likely to be lost or damaged over time.
• Deliver less radiation exposure than a CT scan (but about the same as a 2D x-ray).
• Give more accurate information so less radiation, since 2D x-rays might need to be redone.
• Render a full 360 image of the mouth helps dentists provide a better, more accurate diagnosis.