Cone beam 3D imaging is a relatively new development that allows dentists to see clear, detailed, three dimensional images of your teeth, as well as the bones and soft tissues that surround them. These kinds of images can be a lot more helpful than traditional two-dimensional x-rays, since they can be moved around to see your tooth and bone structures from every angle. This technology is particularly helpful for things like seeing exactly how close a wisdom tooth is to the nerves and arteries in your jaw, or precisely how much bone is present to support an implant. Not everyone who sees us will need a Cone Beam 3D image, and they are not a substitution for traditional two-dimensional x-rays. We’ll only use this kind of imaging when it is a diagnostic tool that’s medically necessary. Getting a Cone Beam 3D image taken is easy and takes less than a minute – total! There’s no discomfort or special preparation -- the machine does all the work for you, rotating around 360 degrees to capture all the angles.