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Digital X-rays or 3D Scans? The Facts From Your Marrero Dentist

January 19, 2017

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , — lapalcodental @ 3:21 am

I’ve worked as a Marrero dentist for decades, and one thing that surprises me is the improvement in technology in the dental field. Staying on the cutting edge of dentistry is an important part of giving patients the best possible care. At Lapalco Family Dentistry, we make every effort to implement new technology that is more comfortable for the patient and leads to better, more accurate results.

We provide services like same-day crowns, and place dental implants for patients who have missing teeth. But these advanced services are only possible because we have advanced technology to lead the way. Today I want to tell you have an important tool in my office that can save your time and money while helping to resolve serious oral health issues: 3D scans.

The Difference Between Traditional Digital X-rays and 3D Scans

Digital X-rays have become extremely popular in the dental world. We dentists love them because they are safer for the patient and give us precise results. Digital X-rays reduce the radiation exposure by 90 percent when compared with traditional X-rays. That alone is a big enough selling point for me, as I ALWAYS air on the side of patient safety. Digital X-rays have become great tools in diagnosing and assessing patients for signs of tooth decay or root issues. They are low-cost, safe, and can be rendered in just a few seconds.


Over the years, we dentists needed more than a two-dimensional image of the oral cavity. As we began implementing advanced techniques like placing dental implants, we needed a better tool for diagnosing and treating patients. That’s where 3D images comes in. Compared with digital X-rays, 3D images give us a better view of tissues and bones than traditional digital X-rays.

Here’s What You Can Expect From Our 3D Scans

At Lapalco Family Dentistry, I have a cone beam computed tomography machine right here in my office. This is a machine you rarely see outside of a hospital. The CBCT is one of the best tools I have when treating patients who have missing teeth. Here’s why: The CBCT rotates around the head and captures images of the oral cavity.

Once the scan is completed, I can see 3D images of the patient’s oral cavity. It gives me precise results when diagnosing problems like sleep apnea or planning dental implant treatments. I use the CBCT to find the most appropriate location for the dental implant. With dental implants, placement is everything. We need to know what area of the mouth can best support the implant, along with where to avoid nerves and blood vessels. It’s safe to say that in using 3D scans for dental implant placement, we can achieve better results that lead to a reduced recovery.

The CBCT only takes a few minutes and is 100 percent painless. You just relax as the scanner rotates around your head.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Depending on your dental needs, we can schedule a CBCT scan with you in our office today. I love using technology to teach patients about their oral health. A well-educated patient is more comfortable with the treatment and ultimately more relaxed in the dental chair. You can schedule a visit with my office today by calling 504-264-6461. I look forward to hearing from you.

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