Although digital dental x-rays can capture two-dimensional images of your teeth, 3D oral imaging and cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) can provide a 360-degree view. The innovative technologies allow Dr. Kenneth Ingber and his team of skilled dental professionals at Ingber Dental to observe and study the full extent of potential oral health conditions or areas of damage to your jaw, skull, teeth, and mouth. It is groundbreaking technology that can paint a picture of your overall dental health. Not only can 3D oral imaging and CBCT help us to assess any potential dental problems, but it also helps evaluate and explain what improvements should be made. The two together allow for a speedier diagnosis and more correct treatment options. The images collected can even be used to make more detailed dental crowns, onlays, inlays, and implants. 3D oral imaging and CBCT allow us to thoroughly assist our Washington, D.C. patients to make educated decisions about their dental treatments.
CBCT and 3D oral imaging can be utilized to diagnose a wide array of dental issues for individuals of all ages. For children, they also help track changes and developments in oral and facial growth. Additionally, the technologies can be used during orthodontic treatments to determine that teeth are really shifting and aligning correctly. Lastly, CBCT and 3D oral imaging help with the treatment planning process by allowing patients the best possible choices for tracking and fixing problems.
What to Expect
Similar to dental x-rays, 3D oral imaging and CBCT are usually part of your standard dental exam. The actual procedures are comparable to having x-rays taken, but with 3D imaging, the imaging machine will rotate 360-degrees around your head. The whole process takes about less than a minute for a full-mouth view. The images are then uploaded for review and to determine whether you are suffering from any dental problems that may need treatment. Since the imaging process can expose patients to radiation, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should let our dental team know beforehand. Also, children need to limit their exposure to radiation and only undergo diagnostic imaging when needed and approved by a professional.
There is no need for a formal follow-up after 3D oral imaging or CBCT, but it is advisable and highly recommended that patients receive bi-annual dental cleanings and yearly dental checkups to maintain optimal oral health. An attentive dental health regimen is equally as important, including brushing twice daily and flossing every day to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
As part of an annual or bi-annual dental exam or cleaning, CBCT and 3D oral imaging are normally covered by most insurers. Our billing staff will contact your insurance provider and inform you if there are any additional fees that are not covered by your policy.
Advanced diagnostic imaging
This method of oral imaging is an efficient approach to successfully detect and treat issues that may occur in the mouth, jaw, or teeth. 3D oral imaging and CBCT are often employed during both simple and complex dental procedures to help oversee the treatment and reduce the chance of complications. If you would like to make sure these advanced imaging options are a part of your regular dental exam, contact our facility to schedule a consultation today.