Tools of the trade: Orthophos XG 3D


by Dr Valda Jing, Coomera Dental Centre, QLD

The Orthophos XG 3D is a hybrid machine that creates 2D and 3D images.

What’s good about it

Having this machine in-house is very convenient when we need a full-mouth X-ray during treatment planning for implants. It’s also very handy when assessing the shapes of roots, especially prior to extracting wisdom teeth.

The machine works very quickly. It takes 15 seconds to complete a scan and 90 seconds for the computer to generate all the slices and fit them together. From start to finish, the whole process is completed in under five minutes.

The image that is created can be manipulated in a number of ways and is a very accurate representation. It allows us to take measurements and we can map where the nerves are situated. A treatment plan can be created with accurate placement for different brands of implants. The results can be sent to a laboratory where they are used to make a surgical splint or a template.

Patients really like seeing the results of the scan and it is an effective educational tool. The Orthophos XG 3D is fairly simple to operate and the setting are self-explanatory. It also produces minimal radiation during operation.

What’s not so good

It’s an expensive piece of equipment to purchase but a worthwhile investment.

Where did you get it

Dentsply Sirona 

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