Before undergoing any surgical procedure, it is crucial that your doctor has the most accurate images of your condition possible to help plan your treatment. Accurate imaging can reveal potential issues ahead of time, which prevents surprise complications during your procedure.
At Columbia Basin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we offer advanced, 3D scanning technology, which creates high-quality 3D images of your mouth and other facial structures. Our cone beam CT scanner can be used to diagnose and plan treatments for a variety of different conditions, including the placement of dental implants, jaw realignment, wisdom teeth removal, and the treatment of oral pathologies.
Benefits of 3D Imaging
3D imaging technology has changed the way dental problems are diagnosed and treated. These scans provide information that traditional X-rays cannot while also exposing the patient to far less radiation than traditional X-rays. Having a high-quality 3D image of a patient’s condition allows surgeons to make extremely accurate treatment plans, narrowing the possibility of unexpected surprises during surgery. 3D imaging allows oral surgeons to plan the most efficient surgical treatment possible, sometimes minimizing the number of necessary surgeries to complete treatment. When this is the case, patients experience the benefits of shorter operating and recovery times.
3D Scanning Procedure
Receiving the scans is quick and easy. Most patients will receive the scans during their consultation appointment, and the images will be ready quickly after the scans are taken. The scanner takes scans at a variety of different angles to get a complete view of the patient’s mouth and jaw. Next, the images are compiled into a single 3D image which can be manipulated by your oral surgeon to plan your treatment.
The best possible images lead to better pre-surgical planning and more efficient treatment. Patient safety is our top priority, so if you have not already received a 3D CBCT scan, you may receive one during your initial consultation appointment.