For many years dentists have relied upon two-dimensional films to make diagnosis of tooth and jaw problems. As you can imagine, a 2D film of a 3D tooth or jaw can often give an unclear picture of what is really happening.
A three-dimensional film improves the accuracy of diagnosis and aides in the planning for many dental treatments. With the advent of Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) we are able to capture a 3D film at a fraction of the radiation of a traditional medical CAT scan. 3D Imaging is quickly becoming the standard of care for implant placement and other dental procedures.
In addition to increasing the predictability of implant surgery, the 3D image can aid in the diagnosis of tooth infections, tracing the nerves and locating the sinuses for wisdom teeth extractions, identifying constrictions in the airway, recognizing cysts or tumors and imaging the sinus for sinus surgery.