• Call us today on 01326 378 969
  • Waterside Court, Falmouth Road, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 8AW

3D X-ray

As in medicine, 3-dimensional imagining has transformed the way we can make diagnoses and plan treatments. There are specific reasons for using 3D x-ray scanning because the x-ray dose is considerably more than the normal 2D radiographs which are used on a more frequent basis. We use a 3D x-ray scanner to assess and plan treatment with dental implants, complex root canal treatments and removal of wisdom teeth and cysts.

The 3D x-ray scanners used in dentistry use cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). The x-ray dose is usually much less than a medical CT scan because we do not need a lot of detail of skin, muscle and other soft tissues.

Our CBCT scanner is a Vatech Pax i-3D. It takes high quality scans which is ideal for using the latest digital work flow with dental implant planning. Our CBCT scanner does everything we need it to do and we even have referrals from other specialists when they require a highly detailed, high resolution scan, especially for difficult root canal treatment cases.

Our specialist orthodontist, Natalie, particularly likes the scanner because it produces very high quality 2D images of the teeth and jaws (DPT radiograph). This is an essential part of her treatment planning process.

The CBCT machine builds a 3D model of the scanned area. We then use specialist software to look at a 3D reconstruction, or cut sections through the model at any desired point to identify important anatomical structures. This ultimately helps us to keep treatment complications to a minimum.

This is a screenshot of a CBCT scan to investigate a patient’s front teeth following an injury.  The top left picture shows a cross section horizontally through the patient’s teeth.  The pictures on the right are sections taken through the upper jaw which show reconstructed slices of a single tooth at 0.5mm intervals.  The voxel (a 3D pixel) size of the scan was 0.08 x 0.08mm.

Precision Oral Surgery

Our practice is very well equipped with the appropriate advances in dental technology to deliver excellent outcomes for patients.

Digital Impressions

At Waterside Dentalcare we are committed to keeping up to date with the newest advances in technology which we feel will truly benefit our patients.


PRGF technology is based on using the body’s own resources to cure itself. Our blood contains a set of proteins responsible for repairing tissues naturally.

Dental Implant Planning

Dental implants are a predictable and reliable way of replacing missing teeth, especially when the planning and delivery is performed in a considered and careful manner.

Guided Surgery

Guided implant surgery involves the use of specialist instruments and techniques to accurately place implants in a meticulously planned position. It takes a lot of careful and in-depth planning in order to carry out guided implant surgery, so is only carried out by experienced clinicians.

Piezo Surgery

Dental piezo surgery is used in many different situations. It can be used for dental extractions, sinus augmentation surgery, periodontal surgery and endodontic surgery.

    Get in touch

    Close menu