3D CT Scan vs. Panorex Images

When planning treatment plans, it is important for the doctor to know exactly what they are dealing with. In the past, a Panorex image was used because that was state-of-the-art. But today, the 3D CT scan imaging process has become the standard for most dentists.

Instead of relying on old technology dentist now utilize a 3D CT scan, which results in faster results for images before and after surgery.

3D imaging vs. Panorex

Panorex was the standard for many years, but 3D imaging offers a much more comprehensive look at the situation the doctor faces. A Panorex shows the nerve position, the condition of the sinuses, issues with joints, bone and tissue decay, blocked or troubled airways, and bone density.

With 3D imaging, you get more in-depth information. You can get a very comprehensive picture of what the patient is dealing with, and that helps the dentist design a more accurate treatment plan.

What can be done with 3D imaging?

There are many applications for the 3D imaging machine, but some of the primary applications include:

  • Properly diagnosing and treating TMJ
  • Precise planning of dental implants
  • Planning for sinus lifts
  • More accurate root canal surgery preparations
  • Creating more comfortable crowns
  • Sleep Apnea airway

Having a precise and comprehensive radiology report to prepare for surgery. These tasks are not possible with the use of a Panorex image. It is only with a 3D imaging machine that you can get this critical assistance in preparing for surgery.

Excellent Resource For Implants and TMJ

Dentists benefit significantly from the use of a 3D imaging machine, but there are several other benefits for dental implants and TMJ. Dentists can utilize the 3D imaging machine for:

  • Frontal or lateral cephalometric
  • X-rays that show real bone growth
  • View bone volume and density
  • Cervical vertebra x-rays that indicate bone growth or deterioration
  • Comprehensive jaw CT scans
  • TMJ treatment planning
  • A detailed look at impactions prior to treatment

The 3D imaging machine can let doctors know if patients have stopped growing to get a much more accurate understanding of the dental issues the patient faces. Patients who have not stopped growing are not candidates for dental implants. With this advanced technology, the dentist can see whether or not growth has stopped and make a much more accurate diagnosis. These comprehensive images can make better decisions on your diagnosis and treatment.


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by Thomas Gonzales D.D.S.

Thomas Gonzales D.D.S. is a Los Angeles dentist with advanced training in dental implants. He has 46 years’ experience and is licensed in IV Sedation. Dr. Gonzales has taught courses worldwide on dental implants including for Noris Medical, Nobel, Neodent, LVI Global and Dental Implant Institute. He was a professor of IV Sedation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine and a neuromuscular dentistry instructor for Loma Linda Medical Center. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Gonzales is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He served in the United States Army and is a Vietnam War Veteran.

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