Cone Beam Machine 3D Imaging in Gillette, WY

Modern dentistry is designed to treat oral health problems more accurately and effectively. At Mountain West Dental, we believe the secret to better oral care is the use of the latest techniques and technology to better assess and treat the mouth. To facilitate patient care and comfort, we offer 3D imaging in our office.


An essential component of receiving good dental care is having access to modern equipment and being able to assess the health of the entire mouth. Cone beam imaging is a special type of x-ray equipment used in dentistry to produce 3- D images of teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. Cone beam scanning has given dentists the ability to capture quality images of the dentition and surrounding structures. This type of imaging can aid in diagnosing, planning and fabrication of dental implants.


Achieving 3D imaging of the mouth sounds complex, but it takes less than 15 seconds. When you visit our office for this treatment, all you need to do is rest your head and bite down on a plastic bit. While you are doing so, the cone beam machine moves around your head, taking pictures and gathering the information necessary to create a 3D model.

In some cases, 3D imaging is done in place of traditional x-rays and requires little to no special preparation. You will be able to see the images afterward to get an idea of what your mouth looks like and how the treatment will affect the overall structure.


The main benefit of cone beam 3D imaging is having a more accurate model of your mouth with less radiation than traditional CT scans. Dr. Erickson will be able to determine if you possess any underlying oral issues and can create more accurate models and examples of how the treatment will affect your smile.

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