What is 3D CT Scanning and how does it benefit patients?

3D CT Scanning, also known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), is a state-of-the-art imaging technology that provides detailed three-dimensional views of your teeth, jaw, and surrounding structures. This advanced imaging technique allows us to diagnose and plan treatments with unmatched precision.

At Lathrop Dental Center, we use 3D CT Scanning to:

  1. Accurately diagnose dental issues: 3D CT Scanning provides highly detailed images, enabling us to detect problems such as tooth decay, infections, bone loss, and impacted teeth more effectively than traditional imaging methods.
  2. Plan dental implant placement: With 3D CT Scanning, we can evaluate the density and quality of your jawbone, ensuring optimal placement of dental implants. This technology helps us determine the most suitable implant size, angulation, and positioning, leading to more successful outcomes.
  3. Assess temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders: 3D CT Scanning allows us to assess the TMJ and identify any abnormalities or misalignments. This information aids in developing personalized treatment plans to alleviate TMJ-related pain and discomfort.

By incorporating 3D CT Scanning into our practice, we enhance the accuracy of diagnoses, improve treatment planning, and ultimately deliver better care to our patients.

How do digital impressions revolutionize the dental experience?

Digital impressions have transformed the way we capture accurate impressions of your teeth, eliminating the need for traditional putty-like materials. With our state-of-the-art intraoral scanners, we create highly accurate digital models of your teeth and oral structures. Here's why digital impressions are a game-changer:

  1. Increased comfort: Traditional impressions can be uncomfortable, causing gagging and discomfort. Digital impressions are non-invasive and significantly more comfortable for patients.
  2. Enhanced accuracy: The digital scanning process captures precise details of your teeth, ensuring accurate representations for treatments such as dental crowns, bridges, and Invisalign® aligners. This minimizes the need for remakes and adjustments, saving you time and reducing inconvenience.
  3. Improved communication: Digital impressions allow us to share 3D models of your teeth with our dental laboratory or other specialists electronically. This seamless communication streamlines the treatment process and leads to more predictable outcomes.

By utilizing digital impressions, we enhance patient comfort, optimize treatment accuracy, and deliver an overall superior dental experience.

How do digital x-rays benefit patients and their oral health?

Digital x-rays are a modern alternative to traditional film-based radiography. By using digital sensors, we capture high-quality images of your teeth and supporting structures with reduced radiation exposure. Here are the advantages of digital x-rays:

  1. Minimal radiation exposure: Digital x-rays require significantly less radiation compared to conventional x-ray methods, ensuring patient safety without compromising diagnostic quality.
  2. Enhanced image quality: Digital x-rays provide clear and detailed images, allowing our team to detect dental issues such as cavities, infections, and bone abnormalities at an early stage. Early detection leads to prompt treatment and better oral health outcomes.

Instant results and efficient treatment planning: Digital x-rays provide immediate results, allowing us to discuss and address any concerns or treatment options promptly. This expedites the treatment planning process and minimizes unnecessary delays

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