HBDS was one of the first dental practices in the Western Cape to offer patients 3D dental X-rays. Three-dimensional radiography allows our dentists to see any cross-section of the tooth or jaw, rather than just the vertical height visible in regular two-dimensional X-rays. It provides quicker and more accurate diagnoses, improved treatment strategies and better patient care.

Rather than send patients for a CT scan at the hospital, HBDS offers this service in the practice. This reduces waiting times and we use a much lower radiation dose.

Detailed, true-to-life 3D images help our dentists provide quicker and more accurate diagnoses, improved treatment strategies and better care. The added third dimension allows professionals to easily conduct dental disease assessments and analyse complete root canal anatomies. Calcifications, fractures and the apex/sinus connection can be clearly viewed. Bone volume assessments needed for implant planning can easily be made - all without having to send the patient to another imaging facility.

Digital imaging at HBDS

The Kodak 9000 3D Imaging system is a stand-alone, extraoral dental imaging system that has powerful and accurate 3D imaging capabilities, combining the features of dedicated 2D panoramic with 3D technology. The increased detail and angles of 3D technology provide us with a wide range of diagnostic possibilities for use in implantology, endodontics (root canals), surgery and routine dental treatment. The localized field of view for high-resolution images reduces radiation exposure as compared with larger field 3D images such as CT Scans, making it safer for patients.

The 3D image gives a precise visualisation of the dental structure viewed within different angles and slices, allowing accurate measurements and confident treatment planning. This is of significant benefit, especially in Implantology, where a precise understanding of bone volume and nerve location is critical. HBDS has seen a great increase in patient demand for implant treatment. Our 3D technology plays an essential role in setting us apart from our competitors.

Other applications include evaluating:

  • Patients with past or present TMJ or jaw joint problems
  • Those who require full or partial removable dentures or braces.
  • Those who are at risk or suspected of having oral cancer or other tumours of the jaw
  • Those who cannot tolerate other types of films (severe gaggers).

Routine investigation

The combination of 2D panoramic and 3D imaging technology allows for extensive use in routine dental imaging. The American Dental Association recommends 'an individualized radiographic examination consisting of posterior bitewings with panoramic examination' as part of a comprehensive dental examination. The reduced radiation exposure, through a localized field view, makes the system ideal for routine use. The seamless switch to 3D allows our dentists to immediately view further areas of interest such as:

  • Surgery sites
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Fractured teeth or roots
  • Root canals (endodontics)
  • Pain diagnosis

Implant planning

3D imaging allows for confident planning of the implant sites. This is of great benefit for both surgeon and patient, as it allows for thorough preparation of cases and minimises any surprises. We foresee that 3D images will become essential in treatment planning and the 'standard of care' in all implant treatments.

Local referrals

We intend advertising the services of the Kodak 9000 for use by other dentists. The reduced radiation levels can benefit patients of surrounding surgeries as well as our own. The digital format of the imaging makes it simple to share. With our competitive pricing, we foresee a good response from our peers in the Southern Suburbs and Foreshore.


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