Back in the day, getting a dental X-Ray would be an uncomfortable and even painful experience. Your dentist will need to place a small bit of X-Ray film inside your mouth, which you’ll need to bite on while the equipment takes a 2-D image of your teeth. The film could poke at your gums and can induce some people’s gag reflexes. Should you move even just a little bit, or if the film inside your mouth wasn’t placed properly, you’ll need to start the process all over again.
Thankfully, your Indiana top cosmetic dentist has invested a lot in getting the best and latest dental equipment. You can now have your teeth examined using a cone beam scanner, a safer, more comfortable, and more accurate method of taking X-Rays of your mouth.
Also known as cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), the cone beam scanner is state-of-the-art medical equipment that takes 3-D images of your teeth and jaw. You’ll simply have to stand or sit still while a scanner rotates around your head. While it’s rotating, the scanner is constantly taking multiple pictures of your head from a variety of angles. Once done, the images are reconstructed by a computer in order to form a complete 3-D image.
Compared to traditional X-Rays, the cone beam scanner works faster, is much safer, and provides clearer images of your teeth and jaws. You won’t have to wait for X-Ray film to develop as a computer instantly converts the images into a 3-D image. There’s also much less radiation exposure compared to traditional X-Ray equipment. And since the images are in 3-D, your dentist will have a clearer picture of your oral health in order to make a proper and more accurate diagnosis.
Dr. David Smith is actually just one of the few dentists in your area that has this kind of advanced equipment at his Carmel, IN dental clinic. To learn more on how cone beam scanners will help in treating your teeth, just give us a call at 317-451-4050 today.