3-D Imaging Allows for Highly Detailed Treatment 

Dental conditions can be complex. As such, Dr. Bruce Gopin strives to use advanced technology at his El Paso, TX, practice to ensure his patients receive the highest level of care. During the diagnostic and planning processes, these tools can be especially beneficial. One such tool is a dental 3-D scanner, also known as a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanner. This technology gathers highly detailed images of your entire mouth for exceptionally accurate diagnosis. These images are also useful in planning precise treatment by identifying exactly where dental work is needed for the best possible results. 

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A 3-D scanner can help our team design your dental care with high precision. 

What is a 3-D Scanner?

A 3-D scanner is an advanced x-ray machine that captures 3-D images and is used when traditional x-rays cannot provide the level of detail needed. A CBCT scanner is used to produce a panoramic view of your:

  • Teeth
  • Gums 
  • Nerves
  • Jawbone
  • Sinus cavities 

The machine itself has a rotating scanner that moves around your head while you are in a stationary position.

Benefits of Using a CBCT Scanner

In some cases, a CBCT scanner can provide several advantages, including:

  • Detailed, High-Quality Images: 3-D images provide a closer look at the inner structures of the mouth and skull. This allows the doctor to see exactly where the issue is occurring for an accurate diagnosis.
  • Precise Treatment: The doctor can also clearly see the structures that may be affected by treatment to determine how the procedure will need to be performed. Using 3-D imaging ensures the utmost precision which can not only help improve the success of your treatment but can minimize the impact on the surrounding tissues, as well.
  • Quick & Comfortable: Often, a 3-D scan can be taken within a few seconds. It also does not require the traditional, plastic intra-oral sensors which are often uncomfortable for patients.
  • Less Radiation: Since a CBCT scan is usually completed quickly and in one simple scan, patients are exposed to less radiation than with a traditional x-ray.

While digital x-rays are sufficient for many treatments, some procedures can substantially benefit from the use of 3-D imaging. Depending on your symptoms or condition, Dr. Gopin will determine whether 3-D imaging is necessary. 

This technology gathers highly detailed images of your entire mouth for exceptionally accurate diagnosis. 

Using 3-D Imaging for Certain Treatments

Typically, Dr. Gopin will employ 3-D imaging to evaluate the gum tissue or when determining how best to treat tooth loss. This technology is often an integral part of the dental implant process and can be used to:

  • Evaluate the jawbone to allow the doctor to identify if and how severely the bone has atrophied
  • Decide if bone grafting or a sinus lift is necessary 
  • Determine which areas of the jawbone can best support implant posts 

Using this information, he will design your dental implant surgery to provide a reliable foundation for your restoration. 

Advanced Treatment to Protect Your Smile

Dr. Gopin strives to provide his patients with effective, durable dental care solutions and uses the latest technology at every opportunity to accomplish this goal. Ensure that you receive the best oral health care, contact us online or call us at (915) 533-4608 to schedule your consultation. 

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