3D Imaging in Houston, TX

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What Is 3D Oral Imaging?

Providing the highest quality of care to our patients is one of our top priorities. To do this, we are happy to invest in the latest imaging technology to ensure our treatment is as comprehensive as possible. Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 is pleased to offer 3D oral imaging techniques, which gives general dentists access to more defined and detailed information about your oral health than even digital x-rays can provide. 3D imaging produces a 360-degree visual of your jaw, teeth, sinus cavities, ears, face, neck, and additional structures in the head. While digital x-rays are still extremely useful in a number of situations, 3D digital images for diagnosis can allow our team to more accurately plan procedures, like full-mouth reconstruction, dental implant placement, and wisdom teeth extractions, to offer the most minimally invasive approach possible.
Like digital x-rays, 3D oral imaging produces significantly less radiation than traditional imaging techniques. This advanced technology gives our team a more in-depth view of your oral structures that can be extremely helpful in treatment planning and assisting you in making the best possible decisions about your dental health. Since 3D cone beam imaging is highly diagnostic, we use these scans to precisely identify and plan for the proper care early on, often minimizing the need for more extensive future treatments and expenses. Let our team share more on the benefits of 3D oral imaging. Get in touch with our Houston, TX practice and schedule your visit today.

Who Is a Candidate for 3D Oral Scans?

3D oral imaging is safe for patients of all ages and may be used to evaluate and plan for a wide range of dental treatments. Since our cone beam system takes a whole-mouth approach to care by capturing highly detailed images of the mouth, head, and neck, it is very helpful for learning more about dental treatment needs for children, adolescents, and adults. we may use 3D images to gain more information about an individual's jaw development and tooth eruption when recommending orthodontic care and treatment timing. Our dentist may also utilize this advanced technology when treating adult patients to plan for crowns and bridges, dental implant procedures, TMJ therapy, and root canal treatment, along with other types of services. 3D imaging is also extremely useful in assessing the extent of oral damage when injuries to the mouth, jaw, or face occur.

How Does 3D Oral Imaging Work?

As a highly diagnostic service, 3D oral imaging significantly helps our Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 team in planning and providing the treatment options most suited for your individual dental needs and smile preferences. 3D imaging does emit a small amount of radiation. Please let our team know if you are pregnant or think you may be so that we can take the necessary precautions. The process of having 3D oral images taken is simple, convenient, and comfortable. Our team will position you in front of our cone beam scanning machine. In a process that takes less than 40 seconds, the machine will take diagnostic images of your head, mouth, jaw, and neck as it makes its way 360 degrees around your head. Within seconds, your images appear on our computer screen and will be stored in your patient file. We will review your images with you and talk with you about any dental concerns or treatment needs. 3D images can help to give our team a clear, profound understanding of your oral condition and more accurately plan for the treatment ideal for your smile.

What Happens After the 3D Imaging Process?

3D imaging may be used in a number of situations that range from minor treatment needs to more complex care and may be used in place of digital x-rays. These high-definition images show your oral structures in greater detail, significantly enhancing our ability to identify oral concerns earlier than ever and in a more comprehensive way. By taking this type of whole-mouth approach, our Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 team can better address your oral health needs and provide a more in-depth understanding of your oral conditions for you and your family. 3D images provide the chance for us to customize your care and recommend the services most ideal for helping you reach your smile goals and enjoy better oral health. These diagnostic images may be taken as needed to evaluate for and provide dental procedures on a follow-up or routine basis.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Scans in Houston, TX?

3D images may be covered by your dental insurance plan. Before your visit, a member of our team will contact your insurance provider to learn about your specific coverage details. Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 is a participating provider for most major PPO dental insurance plans and will be happy to file your claim on your behalf. If you do have out-of-pocket costs for your diagnostic care, we can work with you to help you find a suitable payment solution. Our practice accepts a range of easy payment options, including low-cost financing plans through CareCredit®.

3D Imaging FAQ

Does 3D oral imaging hurt?
3D imaging in Missouri City, TX, does not hurt. It's often preferred over traditional x-rays because it's faster, provides more effective results, and is generally considered more comfortable.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for 3D oral imaging?
You don't need to do anything to prepare for 3D imaging at Made Ya Smile. We will have you remove earrings, metal hair accessories, glasses, or hearing aids, as these can interfere with the imaging; however, there is nothing else you need to do to prepare.

Should I be worried about radiation exposure from 3D imaging?
3D imaging often causes less radiation exposure than what you are typically exposed to throughout the day. However, we always aim to be extremely careful — so we only perform dental scanning when totally necessary for your oral health.

State-of-the-Art Dental Technology

At Made Ya Smile Dental West 8, we are excited to bring the benefits of 3D oral imaging to improve your family's oral health and wellness. This 360-degree diagnostic approach to evaluating your head, neck, mouth, and jaw gives us greater insight into your treatment needs and allows our team to accurately plan for the best possible clinical outcomes. From children with orthodontic needs to adults who want dental implants, 3D cone beam imaging is a safe, highly precise way for our team to help your family enjoy healthy smiles well into the future. To schedule your 3D dental scan in Houston, TX, contact our state-of-the-art dental center.

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