The Future of Dentistry - CBCT Machines and 3D Dentistry

The Future of Dentistry - CBCT Machines and 3D Dentistry

Posted by Bay Smile Design on Jun 18 2021, 10:07 AM

For the past several decades, medical technology has advanced at an astounding rate. And this has particularly revolutionized the dental industry.  The emergence of 3D dentistry has been one of the most important and exciting breakthroughs in dental diagnostic technology. However, because it is so new, most individuals are likely unaware of what it is. So come, let’s delve deeper into this.

CBCT Machines

 In dental practices, a cone-beam computed tomography machine, also known as a CBCT machine is used to take photographs of the skull and teeth using a cone-shaped X-ray beam, then constructs a 3D image using those pictures and sophisticated digital processing software.

Uses of CBCT Machines

 Following are some incredible uses of a CBCT machine in dentistry: 

  • Carefully planning the placement of dental implants
  • Detecting, measuring, and treating jaw tumors
  • Determining tooth orientation and also bone structure
  • Diagnosis of temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Reconstructive surgery

How Does It Work?

The C-arm or gantry rotates around the head in a complete 360-degree rotation during a CBCT scan, taking many images from various angles. These images are then consolidated to generate a single 3D image. The X-ray source and detector rotate at the same time and are mounted on the opposite sides of the revolving gantry.

The detector could generate anywhere from 150 to 200 high-resolution 2D photos in a single rotation, which are then digitally merged to form a 3D image.

3D and Digital Scanning for Digital Impressions

The advent of 3D dental imaging and scanning for digital impressions is one of the most exciting developments in dental diagnostic technology. It allows dentists to capture 3D virtual images of tooth preparations from which restorations can be directly or indirectly fabricated.

Benefits of Using 3D and Digital Scanning for Digital Impressions

3D and digital scanners offer a variety of benefits that are otherwise not possible with traditional impression techniques.

  • It helps save a lot of time and increases the efficiency of the process.
  • They are more accurate than the traditional analog impressions.
  • They enable effective planning for the procedure.
  • There is an improved success rate of treatment.
  • They enable dentists to view dental anatomy from various angles.

Applications of 3D & Digital Scanning 

Following are the applications of 3D and digital scanning in dentistry:

  • For surgical planning
  • For teeth dentures, bridges, and implants, treatment
  • Scanning of fossil teeth and mandibles

In a nutshell, 3D dental imaging is on its way to becoming the new gold standard in dental care. This incredible technological innovation allows dentists to look into your mouth in ways that traditional equipment could not, diagnose any problems, and treat you more effectively.

Bay Smile Design offers advanced dental care procedures, including CBCT machines and 3D dentistry in Sunnyvale, CA. For more details and appointments, call us at (408) 830-0123, book online, or visit us at 1298 Kifer Road Suite #501, Sunnyvale, CA 94086.













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