3D & Digital X-Rays for Implants

With traditional X-rays, the images taken focus on teeth, often only one or a few at a time. Each image captured coincides with new exposure to the radiation used in creating X-ray images. While this is safe, many value our ability to expose our patients to lower levels of X-ray radiation through the use of advanced technology, including 3D and digital X-rays.

Digital X-Rays vs. Traditional Film X-Rays

In the late 1890s, German Physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen is credited with discovering X-rays and determining that their use could benefit medicine since the X-rays can pass through soft tissues but not bone or metal. He took the first human X-ray image, using the concept to capture an X-ray of his wife’s hand. His name, Röntgen, is seen in many hospitals and clinics throughout Germany as it became the word for “X-ray” in German.

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For decades, medical X-rays were taken using film, similar to traditional cameras. The films required a significant amount of exposure to radiation to produce images of use to physicians and researchers, and each film had to be carefully developed in a darkroom, as with traditional photographs. With the development of digital X-ray technology, medical and dental providers and surgeons can take exceptionally useful images while exposing patients to significantly less radiation and the images are produced instantly in a digital format for faster treatment planning and support.

3D X-Rays

As technology changes, medicine and dentistry continue to benefit. The use of 3D X-rays provides a clearer view of teeth and facial structures, allowing our dentists and surgeons the ideal support for planning dental implants, implant surgery, and other necessary dental or cosmetic surgeries. The 3D images can be rotated, sliced, and manipulated with the aid of special software programs, providing very precise treatment planning. This enables our surgical teams to produce consistent, quality results that suit the individual needs of each unique patient.

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3D & Digital Technology for Dental Implants

Through the use of 3D and Digital X-ray images, we are able to determine the thickness and depth of the jawbones, the locations, lengths, and orientations of roots on adjacent teeth, and the ideal sizes and types of dental implants that will provide the greatest support, comfort, and long-term benefits for our dental implant patients. Essential nerves run along and through the upper and lower jaws, and our images allow us to see these nerves and avoid them for safer, more comfortable procedures and results.

We are able to use the images to gather precise measurements for the implants, which are surgically placed within the jawbones, as well as assist in the development of customized dental crowns to complete the dental implant process. Some patients require bone graft, tissue graft, or other reinforcement to better secure and support the dental implant after placement, and our technologically enhanced imaging capabilities allow us to see these needs and prepare for them.

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