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By Provo Dental
January 04, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
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X-rays are valuable diagnostic tools that clearly reveal hidden dental structures in need of surgery. Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), one of the newest x-rays, can change the way dental problems are diagnosed and treated. At Provo Dental in Provo, UT, Drs. Gary Wiest and Kevin Wiest provide patients with this latest technology.
 

More About Conebeam 3D X-Rays

Conebeam 3D X-Rays your dentist visualize intricate structures inside the mouth, like root canals, nerves, and sinuses in three dimensions. This makes it easy for dentists to assess your teeth and what's needed and reduces the need for invasive procedures. Patients will have a faster recovery time with a better outcome.

X-rays are electromagnetic energy that forms an image. The energetic x-rays penetrate bone and soft tissue to reveal structures by varying degrees of absorption (a grayscale picture of what's underneath the surface).

Conebeam 3D X-Rays use a rotating imaging device that revolves around the patient's head and scans between 150 and 600 different X-rays from different views in less than a minute, then a computer creates a virtual 3D model based on the scanned information. Your Provo dentist can rotate the model from side to side, or up and down, to examine the area in need of surgery in greater detail.
 

What specialties utilize Conebeam 3D X-Rays?

  1. Orthodontics: Imagine a more precise way of positioning braces on teeth and jaws to straighten your smile and improve dental function.
     
  2. Dental implants: CBCT images determine the precise location titanium implants should be placed to avoid nerves, sinuses, and low bone density areas.
     
  3. Oral Surgery: Drs. Gary Wiest and Kevin Wiest use 3D x-rays to treat teeth impacted by tumors using scans.
     

Do you need to speak to a dentist?
Conebeam 3D X-Rays are an important diagnostic tool used for various procedures. To learn more, call Provo Dental in Provo, UT, at 801-374-8205. Drs. Gary Wiest and Kevin Wiest can help!

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The 3D advantage

Traditional dental X-rays offer a two-dimensional view of your teeth and mouth. Although these X-rays can identify many dental issues, the pictures they produce don't always provide enough information to make a definitive diagnosis. Unlike traditional X-rays, Conebeam 3D X-rays can trace the path of the nerves in your face and provide three-dimensional images of your teeth and the bones and tissues in your mouth and face.

Conebeam 3D X-rays are created using computed tomography (CT) technology. The X-ray machine emits a cone-shaped beam that allows it to capture multiple images of your mouth. Those images are combined to create the 3D images that will help your dentist identify problems and plan your treatment.

When is the Conebeam 3D system used?

Because radiation exposure is higher with the Conebeam system, it's not used for routine dental X-rays. When you visit the office of Dr. Gary Wiest, he may recommend a 3D X-ray to view the position of impacted wisdom teeth or find the source of mouth or jaw pain. The X-rays are often used to plan dental implant surgery since they're very effective at identifying the position of nerves and sinus cavities. The Conebeam 3D system also produces clear representations of bones and jaw tumors.

What happens when I receive a Conebeam X-ray?

During a Conebeam X-ray, a small probe will be placed in your mouth, then the machine will rotate around your head. The images it takes are originally in 2D but are combined to create three-dimensional images. Before the X-ray begins, you'll need to remove jewelry, eyeglasses, hearing aids and any other objects or devices that contain metal. The entire X-ray process takes less than a minute. After reviewing the 3D images, Dr. Wiest will prepare a treatment plan to address your issue.

Conebeam 3D X-rays offer important information your dentist needs to provide quality care. Are you concerned about a dental problem? Call your Provo, UT, dentist, Dr. Wiest, at (801) 374-8205 to schedule an appointment.