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the dental studio | 3D Imaging in Agawam

302 Suffield St. Agawam,MA 01001 

General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Phone:  (413) 786-0085
Fax: (413) 786-0025

3D Imaging

We are excited to provide our patients with the latest imaging technology in our office to better assist our patients with dental implant planning, extractions, endodontic diagnosis, and TMJ issues.

What is Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)?

The dental CBCT is a more compact, faster and safer version of the regular medical CT. Through the use of a cone shaped x-ray beam, the size of the scanner, radiation dosage and time needed for scanning are all dramatically reduced. The amount of time needed for a full dental scan is typically done within ten seconds and the radiation dosage is up to a hundred times less than that of a regular medical CT scanner.

Why do you need a CBCT?

A CBCT is a three-dimensional image that offers a surgical view from the front, side and under the patient that a 2-dimensional xray can not. This allows the dentist to obtain vital three-dimensional information without exposing the patient to high levels of radiation while still gaining the most pertinent information for proper diagnosis. For example, when planning and placing implants, having this information beforehand is imperative for determing anatomical variations that can affect the procedures success or failure. A CBCT will provide a blueprint for the dentist planning your treatment.

How is a CBCT taken?

A CBCT generally takes ten seconds to take. But you should expect about 2-5 minutes total in the chair for the assistant to set everything up before the image is actually taken.

What do I wear? 

You can wear what you would normally wear to the dental office for any procedure. The only thing that you may want to be cautious of is any metal. We can not have anything metal above the shoulders in the image, that may cause less clarity. These items may include earrings, necklaces, hair ties with any metal, piercings and partials. 

If you have silver fillings or metal crowns, that is not of a concern and will not affect any planning needed. We will still be able to take your image.  

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Agawam Dentist | 3D Imaging. Joseph A Walz, DMD is a Agawam Dentist.