Dental Technology

Dental Technology services offered in Phoenix, AZ

Dental technology like 3D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) can provide necessary insights into your oral health and guide your treatment. At The Smile Boutique in Phoenix, Arizona, we offer advanced dental technology on-site. Our doctor uses the latest diagnostic and oral surgery methods to provide positive, lasting treatment outcomes. Call the office today to make an appointment or book one online.

Dental Technology Q&A

What is dental technology?

Dental technology is the equipment used to diagnose and/or treat oral health problems.

Hundreds of dental technologies are available, but The Smile Boutique specializes in cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) –– an X-ray that provides 3D images of your teeth, jaws, nerve pathways, and soft tissues.

It’s a quick, effective, and painless way to gather valuable insights into the health of your teeth and gums.

Which problems can dental technology help with?

The Smile Boutique uses CBCT X-rays for various purposes, including:

  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Locating the source of pain or pathology
  • Detecting, measuring, and treating jaw tumors
  • Diagnosing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Surgical planning for full-mouth extractions or impacted teeth
  • Determining bone structure and tooth orientation

CBCT X-rays improve the accuracy of dental implant placement, reducing the risk of infection.

How do I prepare for CBCT dental X-rays?

CBCT dental X-rays don’t require special preparation. But leave at home anything that might interfere with the imaging, like metal jewelry or hairpins. If you wear eyeglasses or hearing aids, your provider has you remove them before the X-rays are taken.

Let your dentist know if you’re pregnant or might be pregnant. CBCT X-rays are safe and usually well-tolerated, but they emit tiny amounts of radiation. Your provider will recommend a different approach if it could put your baby at risk.

How do CBCT dental X-rays work?

During CBCT X-rays, you sit or lie in a reclining exam chair. Your provider has you bite down on a small plastic tab to ensure proper tooth alignment. Then, they ask you to hold very still while a rotating device (gantry) slowly rotates around your head.

The gantry takes high-definition, 3D images of your teeth, jaws, and skull. A computer stitches these images together, providing a cross-sectional picture of your entire mouth.

The Smile Boutique uses the results of your X-rays to diagnose underlying problems and develop a personalized treatment plan.

Does dental technology provide quick results?

Because CBCT X-rays use digital technology, the photos develop immediately. Your provider reviews and explains your scans to you during the same appointment. They provide you with several treatment choices, clarifying the potential outcomes of each.

Call The Smile Boutique today to learn more about the benefits of dental technology, or book your visit online.