3D Cone Beam Scanner Technology Gives Your Lincoln Dentist The Whole Picture

March 21, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Craig Vacek @ 7:28 pm

How can you get the most out of your oral health? With cone beam scanner technology from Vacek Family Dentistry, you can get the full picture of your smile. Every time you go to the dentist, you have X-rays done – although you’re familiar with having these important dental pictures taken, you think they’re all the same. But, with cone beam scanner technology from Vacek Family Dentistry, we’re able to take a much closer look at your oral health. In this post, learn more about this innovative diagnostic procedure and find out how it keeps your smile gleaming.

What Is A 3D Cone Beam Scanner?

Also known as dental cone beam computed tomography (CT), this is a special type of X-ray machine that Dr. Vacek and Dr. Gufford use when regular dental or facial x-rays are not enough. Cone beam imaging is a type of CT scan that uses advanced technology to create a 3D image of dental structures, nerve paths, and bone – all in a single pass.

What Is A 3D Cone Beam Scanner Used For?

We commonly use this technology for the following reasons:

  • Making a surgical plan for impacted teeth
  • Diagnosing jaw dysfunction known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Placing dental implants accurately
  • Determining if you have enough bone tissue for dental implants
  • Evaluating the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals and nasal cavity
  • Detecting, measuring and treating jaw tumors
  • Determining bone structure and tooth orientation
  • Diagnosing the origin of pain or oral disease
  • Analyzing the relationship between the dental structures and the skull (cephalometric analysis)
  • Reconstructive surgery

This diagnostic X-ray is unique and innovative because it generates anywhere between 150 to 200 high resolution two-dimensional (2D) pictures in a single scan. These pictures are then digitally combined to form a 3D image. We’ll be able to see the crucial details to determine the best course of treatment for you.

What Will Using A 3D Cone Beam Scanner Feel Like As A Patient?

This procedure is painless and quick, but produces the detailed results we need to ensure your teeth are treated properly. You’ll stand or sit in the exam chair, being careful to remain still. Then, the machine will rotate around your head. Depending on the images taken, the scan lasts anywhere from 10 seconds to 1 minute.

Still curious about this type of X-ray? Watch this quick video that shows the scan in action.


Now that you know all about 3D cone beam scanners and how your Lincoln dentist uses this technology to your advantage, schedule your appointment today. Just like the pictures we take, your smile is worth a thousand words.

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Craig P. Vacek, D.D.S. Lincoln, NE general and family dentist (402) 466-1914 info@Vacekdentistry.com