What Is a 3D Dental Scan?

Published date:
August 1, 2022
dentist using 3d scanning

3D printers, 3D books, 3D movies, and now 3D dental scans. Does this mean putting on those odd-looking glasses? Motion sickness? Getting up close and personal with something? No, nothing like that! 3D scanning is the most recent technological development that your dentist can employ to achieve a clear picture of what's really going on with your teeth.

Patient preparing for 3D scanning

Past and Present of 3D Dental Scan


It was Otto Walkoff, a German dentist, who created the first dental radiograph ever and is credited with developing the 3D dental scan, often known as cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). While reclining on the floor of his dental office, he captured it using a glass receptor in his mouth and a 25-minute exposure. Thankfully, advances in dentistry and imaging quality have both been made since then.

Today's 3D Dental Scan

3D scans nowadays are substantially faster and more pleasant. An X-ray arm that rotates around your head is used in 3D dental imaging. While rotating, it takes numerous pictures and sends them to a computer, which changes the pictures into a three-dimensional format. Dentists can more safely identify your condition and even personalize your therapy since they can see things that you cannot see with the naked eye in a very clear and succinct manner.

When it comes to 3D dental imaging, scanners like the PreXion 3D are at the top of their game. Your teeth, mouth, and jaw are captured in a 1:1 image with the 3D dental scanners, providing your dentist with exceptionally precise measurements.  

These scans can even be utilized for the early detection of dental issues, which could ultimately help you avoid scheduling numerous sessions.

Illustration of 3D scanning in monitor

Inquire About 3D Scanning!

Ask your dentist if you think you are a good candidate for dental implants or if you want to learn more about 3D scans and what they can accomplish for you and your unique situation. Schedule a consultation with us to arrange your 3D dental scan if you're prepared to move forward and need an experienced and approachable dentist.

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Meet The Doctor

Dr. Pirzada's dental career started at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, with an accelerated dual undergraduate and dental program. He then pursued further training with an oral surgery internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, focusing on complex odontogenic infections and dental surgeries. His post-graduate education continued with an oral surgery fellowship at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

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