GALILEOS/3-D Cone Beam X-Ray in Saint Paul, MN
To provide you with the most accurate diagnosis and the most precise treatment, we need to have the best, most detailed information about your condition. Visual examinations and digital x-rays are useful and have their place, particularly when we are diagnosing gum disease, cavities, or infections. Certain conditions and treatment plans, however, require more information.
When we are placing dental implants, it’s important that we get it right the first time. Many factors affect whether or not an implant will be successful. One of those is the condition of the bone at the implant site; another is the specific placement of the implant.
At the St. Paul dental office of Dr. Nick Schulte, we use are able to take incredibly detailed 3-D images using a system called GALILEOS. This gives us the information we need to determine whether your bone needs some extra support before it holds an implant and the exact perfect place for the restoration.
As a patient at our practice, you’ll be able to take advantage of this type of leading-edge technology for the most advanced dental care available.
What Is a 3-D X-Ray?
The GALILEOS system uses a cone beam to take images of your teeth and the surrounding structures. It works similarly to a CAT scan and allows us to have a 360° view around your teeth.
It’s called a cone beam because the beam that is sent out to take the images is actually shaped like a cone. The machine works its way around your head, taking images as it goes. These images are then put together so that we can see a 3-D image of your teeth.
What Are the Advantages of the GALILEOS System?
Unlike traditional film x-rays, the images that GALILEOS provides are viewable on a computer monitor. Using the special software, we can:
- Zoom in
- Rotate the image
- View it from different angles
- “Slice” the image to get a cross-section view
We can also use these images to show you what we are doing as we plan treatment so that you can be an active voice in your own care.
The GALILEOS system also uses the lowest amount of radiation when compared to other cone beam x-ray systems. This matters because your safety is always one of our top concerns.
GALILEOS + CEREC Makes for Effective, Efficient Treatment Planning
Patients who visit our St. Paul dental office have a huge advantage. Both the GALILEOS system and the CEREC system are great technologies on their own. However, when you put them together as we have done, your treatment options are greatly expanded.
If you have damaged teeth or missing teeth, give us a call so we can schedule you a consultation with Dr. Schulte. Your dentist can tell you about your options and help you make important decisions about your oral health. We look forward to hearing from you!