What a 3D Dental Image Shows

3D dental imaging Fort Collins CO gives dentists valuable insight into the structure of the jawbone and anatomy of the teeth. Every patient is different, and while basic anatomy of oral structures is the same, there can be some anomalies that affect dental treatment. Learn about some of the benefits that 3D imaging can offer for patients. 

Information for Root Canal Procedures

Each tooth has one or more canals that hold nerve supply to a tooth. Some teeth have extra canals that cannot be seen on a traditional X-ray, and if these canals are missed during a root canal procedure, the potential for future infection remains. 3D imaging can show the dentist extra canals so that he or she can properly prepare to remove the nerve supply for the entire tooth.

Lesions in the Jawbone

If a traditional X-ray shows a suspicious area in the jawbone, a 3D image can show how large the mass or void is and help doctors determine the right treatment options for the patient. It is important to note that while the term lesion sounds scary, not all jawbone lesions are cancerous. It is important, however, that any suspicious areas are addressed as soon as possible.

Position of Extra Teeth in the Jawbone

Some people have extra teeth, known as supernumerary teeth. These sometimes need to be removed due to their impact on surrounding teeth and jaw structures. It is important that dentists know the exact position of these teeth before removal so that the removal will be as efficient as possible.

Dentistry has come a long way in recent years, and will all the new technology and advancements, patients have access to better care than ever before. If you have been considering 3D oral imaging, talk to your dentist about how this could benefit your specific situation.