As one of today’s many dental patients,  it’s imperative that you demand the best out of your dental care. And, to that demand, many dentists have responded by using 3D imaging in their field.

While the application of 3D imaging in the field of dentistry doesn’t sink in immediately, give it more thought and you’ll realize just how useful such technology is in such a field.

The ability to go further than 2 dimensions and basically, get a better look at their patient’s mouth, while at the same time being able to show it to them makes diagnoses and the accompanying treatment much easier to explain and understand.

Benefits of 3D Imaging

In practicing dentistry, dentists value precision above all. And, while two dimensions are often enough in many cases, the addition of the third dimension helps improve an already accurate means of diagnosis. Or, it may even allow dentists to provide a more accurate diagnosis in much less time.

The Sirona 3D family of products, for one, offers a wide range of technological advantages for dentists that will help them further improve how they practice dentistry.

In endodontics, 3D imaging can help in providing more accurate visualizations of fractured roots, periapical pathology and accessory canals. And, in treatment, 3D imaging helps make it easier to plan for the extraction of third molars that are close to the mandibular nerve.

The use of 3D imaging can also help in the diagnosis of pathology and may even make it easier for dentists to understand the possible causes of previously undiagnosed pain. And, in this regard, 3D imaging is useful in gaining further understanding about TMJ dysfunctions and pain.

Of course, there are many more applications to 3D imaging in many more subfields of dentistry, from cosmetic dentistry, to orthodontics and so on.

How 3D Visualization Makes a Difference

While 2D visualizations are commonly used in the field of dentistry, they’re not exactly full-proof. In many cases, what appears to be something in its right place may truly not be when viewed with the addition of the third dimension.

In implants, for example, this slight difference in perspective can make a huge difference, as the cone beam imaging allows for a more precise and more predictable course of treatment.

In more complicated cases, the addition of the third dimension could mean the difference between a slight mishap going undiagnosed to one being corrected almost immediately after the procedure.

Demand For The Best in Dental Care

While 3D imaging is far from the norm today, more and more dentists are shying away from just 2D visualizations and are more open to the added perspective of the third dimension.

Should you be on the market looking for a dentist, go for one who possesses experience, education and equipment in using 3D imaging in dentistry.

By making sure that your dentist has access to 3D imaging equipment, you are doing everything in your means to assure the best outcome in every procedure that’s performed on you, whether it is a routine professional cleaning, or something a bit more complex, like a root canal.

With the many benefits of adding the third dimension and how it raises the odds for consistent success, it shouldn’t take long for it to become an industry norm.

For more information regarding 3D imaging, contact Dr. Crandall of South Hills Dental Arts in Upper St. Clair, PA at 412-833-6166 or visit to learn more.

Dr. Crandall of South Hills Dental Arts proudly accepts patients from Upper St. Clair, Bethel Park, Mt, Lebanon, Peters Township, Pittsburgh, South Hills, and all surrounding areas.