3D Oral Imaging (Digital Images for Diagnosis) – Williston, VT

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While digital oral x-rays are able to collect two-dimensional pictures of your mouth and teeth, 3D oral imaging provides a full 360-degree panoramic view. 3D oral imaging helps Dr. Lauren Shanard at Contemporary Dental Arts to realize the entire extent of any oral health issues or possible damage in your skull, teeth, mouth, and jaw. It's a state-of-the-art technology which provides us with a blueprint of each patients' total oral health. In addition to helping us assess possible dental health issues, it can also explain and evaluate what changes need to be made. 3D oral imaging permits a faster diagnosis and more accurate treatment options. The 3D images taken could also be used to create more precise dental implants, crowns, onlays, inlays, etc. This imaging technique permits us to help our Williston, VT, patients make informed choices pertaining to their dental health.

Best Candidates

3D imaging may be used to identify a large variety of dental problems for patients of any age. For kids, it's equipped to monitor developments and changes in dental and facial structure. It can also be utilized throughout orthodontic treatments to ascertain whether teeth are indeed aligning and shifting properly. It also improves the ability to plan treatments by providing patients the very best possible options for monitoring and repairing issues.

What to Expect

Much like x-rays, 3D imaging is typically a part of your routine dental examination. The actual process is similar to having x-rays taken, but when using 3D imaging, the imaging system will automatically move 360-degrees around your head. The entire process takes approximately 20 – 40 seconds for a complete mouth view. The pictures are then uploaded for Dr. Shanard to examine and see whether you're experiencing any dental issues that may require therapy. As the imaging procedure can expose individuals to radiation, women that are nursing or pregnant should inform Dr. Shanard beforehand. Additionally, kids should limit radiation exposure and only undergo 3D imaging if necessary and recommended by a specialist.


There is not a need for an official follow-up after undergoing oral imaging, but it's strongly suggested and highly recommended that patients attend bi-annual teeth cleanings and annual dental examinations to maintain optimum oral health. A meticulous dental wellness regimen is also imperative, such as cleaning your teeth twice a day and flossing every day to help keep your teeth healthy and strong.

Insurance Coverage

When used as a part of a yearly or bi-annual oral cleaning or exam, 3D imaging is typically covered by many insurance companies. Our skilled team will get in touch with your insurance company and let you know whether there are any out-of-pocket charges that aren't covered by your benefits.

3D Oral Imaging

This technique for oral imaging is also an efficient way to successfully discover and treat problems which can occur in the teeth, mouth, and jaw. Oral imaging is quite often used while performing surgical and nonsurgical dental therapies to help simplify the treatment, thus reducing the risk of complications. If you'd like to incorporate 3D imaging into your routine dental examination, contact our office to book an appointment right away.

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