3D & Digital X-Rays for Surgery

With traditional X-rays, the images taken focus on teeth. 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.


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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Through the use of 3D and Digital X-ray images, we are able to determine the thickness and depth of the jawbones and other facial structures, making it easier to precisely plan for each individual patient. Whether undergoing a cosmetic, medical, dental, or necessary procedure, the technology used to produce 3D and digital X-rays enables more consistent results the first time, reducing issues typical of traditional surgeries.  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.

Patients suffering bone loss, tissue loss, deformities, or injuries, and other common occurrences can be quickly and efficiently diagnosed with accuracy, and provided customized treatment planning for better, faster results, all thanks to the modern technology of 3D and digital X-rays. Problems affecting the roots of teeth are detected quickly and more accurately than in the past, allowing our surgical and dental teams better tools to bring comfort and relief — things that all of our patients value greatly.

Our teams value the ability to provide such exceptional radiographic imagery with significantly lower radiation exposure for each patient; the ability to capture more concise images in a single exposure; the instant production of quality, surgical-grade X-ray images through the use of digital technology, which also allows us to access the necessary images from any of our exam and operating rooms; the technology is very affordable, often costing less than traditional film-style X-rays; and, above all, the ability to provide quality treatment planning, care, and results for every single patient we treat.

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