Hout Bay Dental Studio 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. Detailed, true-to-life 3D images help our dentists provide 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 our practice. Not only does this reduce waiting times, but we use a much lower radiation dose. The added third dimension allows our team to conduct dental disease assessments easily, plan implant procedures and analyse entire root canal anatomies.
Digital imaging at HBDS
Our in-house Kodak 9000 3D Imaging system has powerful and accurate 3D imaging capabilities. The 3D image gives a precise visualisation of the dental structures viewed within different angles and slices. This allows for accurate measurements and confident treatment planning.
The increased angles and detail provide us with a wide range of diagnostic possibilities for use in implantology, endodontics (root canals), surgery and routine dental treatment. The localised 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.
Implant planning with confidence
3D images are of great benefit 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, and we foresee that 3D images will become essential in treatment planning and the 'standard of care' in all implant treatments.
This advanced 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 localised field view, makes the system ideal for routine use.
The seamless switch to 3D allows our dentists to view further areas of interest immediately, such as:
- Surgery sites
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Root canals (endodontics)
- Pain diagnosis
Other applications of 3D imaging 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
- Patients who are severe 'gaggers' and cannot tolerate other types of radiographic films.
*The selection of patients for dental radiographic examinations revised: 2004 ADA