Everything You Need to Know about 3D Dental X-Ray Technology

Tuesday July 18, 2017 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

Not all dentist offices are created equal. In fact, there can be a wide discrepancy in the quality of treatment patients receive, particularly if a dental office doesn’t invest in the latest technology.

Because providing exceptional patient care is our primary concern at Murray Hill Dental, we aim to offer the latest technological advances in the field of dentistry. To that end, we’re pleased to use 3D dental x-ray technology on our patients.

What Is 3D Dental X-Ray Technology?

As you might imagine, 3D dental x-ray technology takes pictures that show a 3D version of the patient’s mouth. At Murray Hill, our 3D machine is called Orthophos XG 3D. This nifty bit of technology allows us to get a panoramic view of your mouth.

Naturally, this level of detail helps us improve our diagnostic accuracy. As our patient, that means you receive the best possible dental care!

How Are 3D Dental X-Rays Taken?

With 3D dental technology, you’ll stand still while our camera rotates around your head, doing a complete 360-degree scan. The entire process is a quick one. As a result, there is less risk of movement, eliminating the need for retakes. To check out what the Orthophos XG 3D looks like in action, take a look at this 3D x-ray video we created.

How Do Patients Benefit from 3D Dental X-Ray Technology?

Patients benefit in the following ways from 3D dental x-ray technology:

  • Increased Diagnostic Accuracy. Because 3D helps Dr. Brown make more accurate diagnoses, our patients receive better treatment. For instance, the high quality of the 3D images means that Dr. Brown can pinpoint dental problems at their onset, allowing for early intervention, typically resulting in less invasive, less costly dental work.
  • Less Radiation Exposure. With 3D technology, patients aren’t exposed to unnecessary radiation. Instead, they receive the lowest possible effective radiation dose.
  • Best Possible Imagery. Sometimes it’s helpful to have multiple views of a patient’s mouth. In those cases, it’s nice to have a machine that takes 2D and 3D images. Fortunately, our Orthophos XG does exactly that.

Are 3D Dental X-Rays Safe?

While many people are worried about radiation exposure from X-rays, the radiation emitted from a 3D x-ray machine is extremely small. For instance, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has cleared children to receive dental x-rays. If you’re still worried about this topic, please mention it at your next appointment. We’re happy to discuss your concerns.

Ready to experience the best in dental technology? Schedule your new patient appointment at Murray Hill Dental today!