3D Imaging for Best Results

A well taken conventional 2-D x-ray is very helpful in the diagnostic process. Unfortunately all technology has its limitations. A 3-D image obtained through a CBCT scan can help shed much needed light in more difficult cases. A CBCT is a cone beam, or “narrow field” (low radiation) image taken in a machine which rotates around you as you stand. This offers Dr. Samyn the ability to look at your tooth from 3 dimensions on a computer screen. This can help determine if there was an extra canal that had not been previously treated or if a crack or fracture of your root may exist. In the case below, bone loss at the root tips of a lower molar is seen on a conventional 2-dimensional x-ray (on Left). All periodontal probings were normal. The x-ray was inconclusive for a root fracture. After taking a CBCT image (on Right), a pattern of bone loss could be seen to extend to the crestal bone which is highly suggestive of a vertical root fracture. Having the ability to perform 3-D imaging can help Dr. Samyn take the guesswork out of a difficult diagnosis and help our patients get the appropriate care they need.