3D Digital Imaging
Advanced 3D Digital Imaging with the Pax-i3d 3D Cone Beam CT
For preventative dentistry and many routine dental procedures, digital 2D x-rays remain the standard—and still highly effective—tool used by dental specialists to assess the health of the teeth and jawbone. Yet many of today’s advanced dental procedures require a more detailed, more precise view of the teeth, bone, and soft tissue than offered by standard x-ray technology. Therefore, at Island Dental Associates in Franklin Square on Long Island, New York, we have equipped our office with an advanced, state-of-the-art 3D digital imaging system, the Vatech Pax-i3d 3D Cone Beam CT (cat scan).
Like the standard x-ray, the Pax-i3d imaging system takes a series of images of the teeth and jaw, giving both patient and practitioner a clear view of the teeth and bone below the skin. However, this powerful system offers two distinct advantages over traditional x-rays:
- It provides a more detailed view of the teeth and bone, as well as images of the soft tissue and nerve pathways not included standard in x-rays
- It creates a detailed three-dimensional picture of the patient’s jaw that can be viewed from a variety of angles
The 3D image created by this exceptional technology gives both dental specialists and lab technicians a more complete view of the patient’s teeth and jaw, enabling more accurate fabrication of dental implants and prosthetic devices for better fit and greater comfort, as well as a more precise and more fully customized dental and/or surgical treatment plan to help ensure the patient’s comfort, safety, and successful results.
How 3D Cone Beam CT Imaging Works
As with a standard x-ray, the Pax-i3d 3D Cone Beam CT works by directing low level radioactive x-rays at the target area of the face and jaw. However, the 3D Cone Beam CT directs multiple x-rays simultaneously but at divergent angles in a cone shape as the scanner slowly rotates around the patient’s head. During the scan, the x-ray beams create between 200 and 600 digital images of the patient’s teeth, bone, soft tissue, and nerve pathways. The imaging system combines these images together to create a precise and highly accurate three-dimensional image of the patient’s teeth and jaw.
As with traditional x-rays, the procedure is quick and comfortable. Patients are asked to remove all metal objects such as jewelry, eyeglasses, and underwire bras, and may be asked to wear a robe instead of street clothes. Because 3D Cone Beam CT technologies involves slighter higher levels of radiation than a traditional x-ray, it is not appropriate for children or pregnant women unless absolutely medically necessary.
The advanced imagery of the patient’s craniofacial area enabled by our state-of-the-art 3D Cone Beam CT system now allows us to fabricate dental prosthetics such as dental implants with greater precision and accuracy than ever before. It is also a sophisticated diagnostic tool and is ideal for planning complex dental, orthodontic, and surgical procedures that require a high degree of accuracy and precision to help ensure the patient’s safety and comfort and deliver successful outcomes.
Contact Island Dental Associates
At Island Dental Associates, located in Franklin Square, New York, we are pleased to offer a comprehensive selection of dental services, from routine prevention and orthodontics to advanced cosmetic dentistry and emergency services. The only dental office on Long Island with its own laboratory right on site and equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art technological equipment, our goal is to make your dental experience as safe, efficient, cost-effective, and comfortable as possible.
For more information about our state-of-the-art 3D Cone Beam imaging system, or to let our experienced dental specialists and lab technicians help restore your healthy, happy smile, we encourage you to call today to schedule your appointment!