3D Dental Imaging

3D Dental Imaging

Posted by Hallmark Dental Group on Jun 10 2021, 08:56 AM

For the past few decades, medical technology has witnessed major improvements at an incredible rate, one of them being the implementation of 3D dental imaging.  

Dental imaging has been used by orthodontists for years to evaluate and record the size of craniofacial structures. Orthodontists commonly use 2-dimensional (2D) static imaging techniques, but with 2D imaging, it is not possible to obtain the deepness of structures accurately.

What is 3D dental imaging? Why is 3D dentistry better with the 3D imaging technique?

At Hallmark Dental Group, Saint George, UT, we employ 3D dental imaging or ConeBeam CT scanning that elevates dental imaging to the next dimension, giving an accurate picture of the mouth from all perspectives and in fine detail. 3D images, with their precision and accuracy, thus help our dentists identify potential problems & outline customized dental treatment plans. 

With the 3D imaging system, your dentist can create either a 2D or a 3D image of the mouth, along with the scans of your tissues, bones, and teeth. The dentist can zoom in on the scan, view it at any angle, and look through the scan deeply. This enables the dentist to have a superior view of what they are diagnosing and visualize the patient's teeth, gums, roots, bones, and nerves precisely and in detail. 

What is 3D imaging used for?

Dentists use 3D imaging in a variety of dental procedures, that includes the following:

  • Dental implant placement
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Root canal therapy
  • TMJ treatment
  • Tooth extractions and Oral surgery
  • Sleep apnea treatment


  • 3D dental imaging enables dentists to have a more detailed and precise view of your mouth. 
  • The images from 3D scans are of higher quality, providing more detailed information, thus allowing dentists to plan the most efficient treatment for the patient. 
  • 3D digital imaging enables dentists to capture both bone and soft tissue images at the same time.
  • 3D dental imaging is a non-invasive, painless procedure with less radiation.
  • 3D dental imaging scans help assess bone quality to evaluate the presence of sufficient bone for placing dental implants. 
  • With 3D dental imaging, dentists can acquire all scan images in a single rotation, reducing the scanning time.  
  • Since 3D dental imaging doesn't need the patient to bite down on a mold or plastic, this is helpful for pediatric patients and patients with particularly sensitive gums or teeth. 

3D dental imaging procedure

Using a Cone Beam Computed Tomography(CBCT) machine, the dentist takes pictures of your teeth and jaw. This machine enables the dentist to better view your teeth by creating a 3D image to accurately plan effective treatment or diagnose oral health concerns. With a 3D scan, the dentist can see your teeth, muscles, nerves, and infection more accurately. 3D scans also help dentists catch minor issues before they grow into a problem.

Are you looking for a quality dentistry service that uses the latest dental technology? Contact Hallmark Dental Group, Saint George, UT, at 435-310-4812 to learn what services we can offer you and your family.

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