As medical technologies continue to advance, the quality of care for patients is drastically improving. New technologies, such as 3D x-rays, make better treatment and prevention options available to patients. Since it’s so new, many people don’t know what 3D dental technology actually is and how it can benefit them.

How Does It Work?

At Huntersville Family & Cosmetic dentistry, 3D X-rays involve the use of the ORTHOPOS XG 3D x-ray unit. This machine is designed to capture images of your entire jaw in a single span, meaning you’ll be exposed to far less radiation than with a typical 2D x-ray machine. For proper x-rays to be taken, patient positioning is crucial. This machine allows the operator to adjust the focal trough to see different jaw positions, which customizes the images to the specific patient. The auto-positioner works to help comfortably move the patient’s head into the proper position, allowing for the best possible quality of the images. A big advantage is that the ORTHOPOS machine will allow your dentist to view digital images immediately.

Benefits of 3D X-Rays

Three-dimensional x-rays allow your dentist to answer many questions about your mouth, such as what your bone structure looks like and root positions. Because the images taken show up so sharply, it will be easier to feel more relaxed and confident that Dr. Marra has come up with the right treatment options for you. Three-dimensional x-rays, especially those taken with the ORTHOPOS XG 3D, involve a much shorter scan time, exposing the patient to the smallest dose of radiation possible. This also means that the x-ray images taken will be more precise, as the shorter scan time allows for as little movement as possible.

If you have any additional questions or concerns about 3D imaging or the ORTHOPOS machine, or you’re ready to schedule a check-up, Dr. Marra and his friendly team would be happy to help you.

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