Cone Beam 3-D Imaging in Washington D.C. & Alexandria, VA

The Benefits Of Cone Beam Imaging

Dental sessions are safer, faster, and more comfortable with the Cone Beam 3-D Dental Imaging System.

  • Provides a comprehensive 3-D digital image of face and jaw
  • Useful for diagnosis of complex dental conditions
  • Patient friendly technology

Uses for Cone Beam Imaging

Cone Beam 3-D Imaging is used in many dental procedures, including:

  • Implant planning
  • Oral screenings
  • TMJ analysis
  • Airway studies (ie: sleep apnea)
  • Impacted teeth
  • Periodontal disease screening

Cone Beam 3-D Imaging

Our dedication to long lasting results and patient comfort is demonstrated through our use of state-of-the-art equipment and technology. One of these new technologies is the Cone Beam 3-D Imaging System, which allows us to take 3-D pictures of the mouth, giving us a much more complete perspective than 2-D digital images or traditional dental X-rays could offer. These images help with diagnosing dental issues and providing premium care during treatments.

How does Cone Beam 3-D Imaging work?

Cone Beam Volumetric Tomography uses a small amount of radiation in a way similar to conventional X-ray systems. Cone-shaped beams of radiation are aimed at a detector that rotates around a patient’s head. These beams of radiation capture the image of the head and mouth.

The difference between this new technology and standard X-ray procedures is that cone beam images are then converted into a three-dimensional picture with computer software. After the beams have been collected, hundreds of chunks of information are put together by the computer, creating a three-dimensional view of a patient’s mouth.

These complex 3-D images created by computer software allow doctors to move around in and pull apart the image in order to help them see and understand a patient’s dental issues. Periodontists Dr. Zalewsky and Dr. Hoge can specify precisely where in the mouth they need to look, and see a detailed 3-D picture.

How is Cone Beam 3-D Imaging used?

Cone beam imaging helps to diagnose and treat problems more quickly and accurately than ever before. Cone Beam 3-D Imaging is utilized early in patient care to offer a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis.

This imaging system is also used as a presurgical planning tool as well as a post operative check-up tool. Cone Beam 3-D imaging is helpful with dental implants, orthodontics, and tooth extraction. The technology also helps to more accurately diagnose periodontal disease and provide a better understanding of where the infection is and why it started.

During an imaging session, patients sit upright in a chair as the beams are collected. They don’t feel anything and will be protected from any unnecessary radiation. The process is similar to getting a simple X-ray.

How does Cone Beam 3-D Imaging benefit patients?

There are many benefits to using Cone Beam 3-D Imaging for dental patients.

  • Reduces a patient’s exposure to radiation, which is better for a patient’s overall long-term health.
  • Lowers costs for patients because the price per image is less than other imaging systems.
  • Increases accuracy and precision, allowing dental issues to be swiftly addressed.
  • In-house imaging without the need for a visit to an outside lab for diagnostics.

Contact us if you have any questions about the technology we use or would like to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Justin Zalewsky, Dr. Michael Hoge, and the Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry team offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC area, including residents seeking a periodontist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.