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Benefits of Cone Beam X-Rays

Posted on 10/25/2015 by Todd Jorgenson
A dentist showing a patient her results, after using a cone beam x-ray.Dental X-rays are an important diagnostic tool for any dental office, and more facilities are starting to invest in this innovative technology. There are a variety of great benefits associated with cone beam X-rays that both patients and dental staff need to consider.

More Detailed Images

In the past, when your dentist needed an X-ray he would be restricted to 2D scans, which could be difficult to use in diagnosing certain issues. Dentists quickly realized that a better picture would be needed, and the development of the cone beam scanner provided clearer images with more detail.

Once the images have been taken, the computer can create an interactive model that your dentist can manipulate in order to visualize the whole jaw. Additionally, the image can be narrowed down to examine even a single root within a tooth.

No Need for Traditional Impressions
Cone beam technology will provide a high-resolution, 3D image that will accurately display both the bone and soft tissue in your mouth. This technology will show each angle and surface of your mouth, including the biting surfaces. Additionally, since 3D models can be created, it could eliminate the need for traditional molds and impressions.

Less Exposure to Radiation

Cone beam X-rays will emit a cone-shaped beam that will take hundreds of pictures, and those images are then compiled into one singular image. The total scan time will take less than 40 seconds, and they will expose the patient to significantly less radiation than other X-ray technologies.

Safer Storage
While this advantage will be a greater benefit for your dentist than you as the patient, the images taken by a cone beam X-ray can be more stored safely within a computer. This can allow it to be reformatted or even sent to different facilities. If you are being referred to an oral surgeon, this can be especially helpful, as the surgery office will have all of your up-to-date information and images right away.

Please contact us if you have any questions about cone beams.

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