The Benefits of 3D Dental Imaging

With new technology being introduced every day, the field of dental medicine isn’t one to be exempted from the many benefits brought about by new machines.

3D dental imaging, such as the Galileos 3d CT scan, present a clear set of advantages for both dental practitioners and patients alike in improving the overall clinical experience.

How 3D Dental Scans Work

3D scans, in a way, provide a live feed of a patient’s dental anatomy from various angles. The various perspectives allow for a better view of the structure of the bones, making it easier to locate root fractures and canals. Even more importantly, 3D scans provide dentists the ability to gain more accurate measurement of their patient’s dental structure.

3D scans can also be used in both diagnosis and treatment planning, making them a very flexible investment. They can also be used in conjunction with an already existing treatment plan to increase its possibility of success and allowing dental practitioners to be more confident in preparing for various dental procedures, such as extractions, root canals, implants and so on.

Benefits of 3D Dental Scans

3D Dental Scans provide dental practitioners fast and accurate imaging that’s both consistent and reliable. This allows them to have a more detailed view of their patient’s dental health, while also allowing them to see specific points of interest to check for problems and to determine what kind of treatment is best suited.

The clearly laid out details allow dental practitioners to make better decisions, which in turn allows patients to have more confidence.

The use of 3D dental scans also create a more engaging environment where dental practitioners and professionals can assess their patient’s dental health, while at the same time the patient can also ask questions about what they see on the screen. This allows for constant communication between patient and doctor, allowing for a more comfortable dental visit for the patient, which may help put them at ease, especially those who suffer from dental anxiety.

Other Benefits

  • A great means to educate patients as 3D dental scans allow dental practitioners demonstrate on a 3D model every part of the process and gives patience a clear view of what’s happening.
  • Developmental abnormalities are clearly shown, which can severely help in the treatment of canines and wisdom teeth.



There simply is no question that 3D dental imaging provides immediate and long-term benefits, both for patients and dentists.

Unfortunately, though, not all dental professionals can afford them and not all are willing to spend money for them. The costs of the equipment, as well as possible office remodelling for the devices and equipment to be installed may just be too much for some. Also, office routines will be interrupted as both staff members and dentists have to learn and adapt to the new technology, which requires a lot of time and effort.

If given the choice, however, between a dentist that has access to equipment such as a Galileos 3D CT scan and one that doesn’t, choose the former. This is because as mentioned many times earlier, there’s really no clear disadvantages when it comes to 3D dental imaging.

Whether it’s restorative dentistry, cosmetic, preventive, advanced, restorative and so on, 3D dental imaging is sure to make dental visits a lot more something to look forward.

For more information regarding 3D dental imaging, contact Dr. James Yankowskas at 978-649-7773 or visit our website at to learn about the services Dr. Yankowskas offers.

Dr. James Yankowskas also proudly serves Lowell, Nashua, Dracut, Chelmsford, Dunstable and surrounding areas.