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Galileos 3D Cone Beam Scanner – Longview, TX

Advanced Dental Technology to Keep You Smiling

At Vaca & Kirby Dental in Longview, we do our utmost to utilize the latest dental technologies in order to provide safe, effective, and comfortable treatment options. As part of our commitment to using improved technologies, we have incorporated the Galileos 3D cone beam scanner into our dental office. This unique digital x-ray technology allows us to take a closer look at one damaged tooth or a complete image of your entire bite in just seconds. If you want to learn more about our Galileos system, any of our other advanced dental technologies, or the wide range of dentistry services we provide, give our dental office in Longview a call today. One of our friendly team members will be happy to help.

What Is the Galileos 3D Cone Beam Scanner?

The Galileos 3D cone beam scanner is a state-of-the-art imaging system that works much the same way as traditional x-rays. The big exception being that digital x-rays only give us a two-dimensional image of one section of the mouth at a time. 3D cone beam scans can show us a three dimensional view of one tooth or the whole mouth, making this technology ideal for more advanced treatments.

What Treatments Use the Galileos Scanner?

We won’t likely recommend the use of Galileos scans unless you need an advanced diagnosis or complex dental treatment plan like those required for the following dental services:

  • Root canals
  • Tooth and wisdom tooth extractions
  • Full mouth restorations
  • Dental implant supported tooth replacement plans
  • Invisalign
  • TMJ therapy
  • Oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea

What Are the Benefits of 3D Cone Beam Scans?

There are many reasons why we chose to incorporate the state-of-the-art 3D cone beam system into our dental office. When we choose to use a new technology, we do so because it’s the best option for our patients. Some of the reasons why using the Galileos system is beneficial for our patients include:

  • Reduced radiation – for advanced treatment planning, patients would usually need numerous dental x-rays, exposing them to a good deal more radiation than is typically necessary. The Galileos system allows us to quickly collect better quality 3D imagery in less time with less radiation exposure. Even the medical grade 3D scans you could receive through a hospital will expose you to significantly greater radiation. The state-of-the-art cone beam technology allows us to control and limit radiation exposure.
  • Increased patient knowledge – when you can see your full smile in front of you just like we can, it’s easy to understand the areas of concern and recommended treatments, which helps patients feel more confident that they’re choosing the best possible treatment option.
  • Improved treatment planning – these clear images of how your bite works together as well as images of the surrounding dental structures gives us the ability to diagnosis oral health conditions in earlier stages more accurately in order to precisely plan your treatment.

How Does the Galileos System Work?

When we’re explaining the Galileos system to patients, we like to use metaphors to help you get a better idea of just how different these images are compared to traditional dental x-rays. Think about these 3D vs 2D imaging like looking at an apple. A 2D x-ray is like slicing the apple in half. You can see the inside of the apple from only one perspective. Now, imagine you could take an apple and make numerous tiny slices and see each layer of the apple. Then, imagine you could spin the apple and do the same thing from any perspective. That’s what the 3D cone beam scanner allows us to do for your teeth. We can use or Galileos system to zoom into one tooth or look at the smile as a whole from any perspective. Even the highest quality panoramic 2D x-rays can only show your full smile from one perspective. As another example, you can think of a panoramic x-ray like a flat map of the world, and a 3D cone beam scan is like a globe.

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