Dental Health Info Article

GALILEOS 3-D Imaging System

The high-tech GALILEOS 3-D imaging system delivers picture-perfect quality with little exposure ...

X-rays have entered a whole new dimension with the GALILEOS 3-D imaging system. GALILEOS is a state-of-the-art dental technology that delivers superior quality images of your teeth with one of the lowest possible doses of radiation.

One of the reasons why patients love GALILEOS is because 3-D imaging capability translates into more precise, more natural-looking dental restorations. While traditional 2-D imaging is limited in its scope, with GALILEOS your dentist can measure things like bone density, which is essential for placing dental implants.

Here's why:

To determine whether you're a good candidate for dental implants, one of the primary things your dentist must evaluate is the thickness and quality of your jaw bone. This is important because dental implants are permanently attached to your jaw, and it's essential that your jaw is dense enough -- and healthy enough -- for implants to be possible and successful. With 3-D scans, your dentist can also gauge the thickness of your bone structure to determine what size dental implants are appropriate for your mouth. In essence, the more information your dentist has about your mouth, the better your dental implants will look and feel!

Dentists love GALILEOS because it helps them make a diagnosis quickly, easily and accurately. Simply put, 3-D scans capture much more data than traditional X-rays. This gives your dentist an in-depth picture of your jaw, mouth and teeth. Your dentist can use this information to determine whether certain problems such as cavities, abnormal growths, sinus problems, sleep apnea or nerve damage exist -- conditions that aren't evident from a traditional 2-D image.

How Does GALILEOS Work?

One of the best things about the GALILEOS 3-D imaging system is how comfortable it is for patients and how quickly it delivers comprehensive information to your dentist. According to Michael Augins, president of Sirona, you will need to stand still for about 14 seconds while GALILEOS travels around your head and takes about 200 images. That's it! The computers then take about 2-3 minutes to reconstruct the data in order to provide your dentist with high-resolution images. If you've ever had a panoramic X-ray done, your experience with GALILEOS won't be much different.