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How Does 3D Technology Improve Dentistry?

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In the field of dentistry, utilizing 3D technology has proven to be a noteworthy advancement. 3D technology allows for a more comprehensive understanding of the oral structure. It facilitates more successful procedures and treatments because of its more accurate methods of record-taking. This combined with its ease of application make a dentist with 3D technology worth looking for.

Keep reading to learn more about this soon to be essential aspect of dentistry.

Easier Model-Making

A 3D dental scanner can make true-to-size models of the teeth quicker and more comfortably than traditional methods. In the past, the only way to make a model of the teeth was through using a quick-set molding putty that left patients sitting in discomfort for up to ten minutes at a time.

With 3D scanning, the dentist need only pass the scanner over the teeth. This process takes less than 5 minutes and instantly creates a digital model of the dentition.

3D Printing – The Future of Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

Dentists and their patients can still benefit from having physical copies of teeth molds with 3D printing. A dentist’s office equipped with a 3D printer is ahead of their competitors on many fronts.

A 3D printer can make a variety of restorations. Veneers, crowns, even multi-material restorations (like porcelain fused to metal, for example) can be completed quickly and easily with this technology. In the past, dentists had to rely on specialized laboratories for the fabrication of restorations. This extended the treatment time for many cosmetic and restorative patients. Dentists and their patients had to wait weeks to finalize their procedures.

But with 3D printing, the patient can receive their restoration on the same day as the rest of their treatments.

CBCT Scanning for Superior X-Rays

A CBCT scanner is a device that uses a cone beam x-ray method to quickly take x-rays of the oral structure, from nearly 360 degrees. These combined create a 3D image, through the process of computed tomography. This method is superior to traditional x-rays for many reasons.

CBCT scanners are advantageous because they:

  • reduce radiation exposure
  • are more efficient
  • highly precise
  • control image quality

Choose Berkeley Dentist Ricky Signh, DMD: a 3D CBCT-Equipped Dental Practice

Our Berkeley, California dental practice is equipped with the latest in 3D dental technology. We choose all the latest, most technologically advanced materials and procedures to ensure our patient experience is second to none. We’re proud of our high patient retention rate, and look forward to working with new patients long-term. If you have any more questions about our 3D-assisted dental services, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our friendly staff is eager to answer questions and facilitate your best oral health.

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