Cone Beam CT Technology

Why Use Cone Beam CT Scan?

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Have you ever had a “cat” scan? Cone-beam computed tomography systems (CBCT) are a variation of traditional computed tomography (CAT scan)systems that we are familiar with.

These amazing machines provide dentists with a fast, non-invasive way of diagnosing dental problems. Regular dental x-rays show a 2 dimensional representation of the teeth and surrounding tissues – this is great for some purposes. A Cone Beam CT scan shows us a three-dimensional  image of the patient’s teeth, mouth, jaw, neck and throat. Not only can we see  cavities and abscesses, like a regular x-ray, but we can see soft tissues and nerves as well. All this with one scan!

Cone Beam CT scans are a wonderful way of assessing problems with the teeth and mouth and for planning treatments like:

  • surgical planning for impacted wisdom teeth.
  • diagnosing temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).
  • accurate placement of dental implants.
  • evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals and nasal cavity.
  • detecting, measuring and treating jaw tumors.
  • determining bone structure and tooth orientation.
  • locating the origin of pain.

For patients, receiving a Cone Beam CT scan is quick and easy. The device simply rotates around your head and the data is rendered into a full color 3-D representation. The dentist is able to manipulate the image to see it from many different angles making diagnosis and treatment easier. Because the beam is very focused and only one scan can give so much information the amount of radiation exposure is minimal.

Find out more about cutting edge dental technology by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777.

 

 

Top Benefits of Cone Beam CT Scans

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Routine dental visits will often require you to receive an x-ray scan. However, x-ray images are flat, two dimensional, and have their limitations. Dentists often need specialized technology to detect and diagnose specific dental issues.

Cone Beam CT Technology is an effective solution for diagnosing dental issues that standard x-ray images are not able to capture. Cone Beam CT scans provide a digital, three-dimensional view of areas located below the teeth and gums. Most importantly, it gives the dental surgeon a more in-depth view of the mouth, allowing them to view teeth roots, any existing dental implants, and cavities. So what are some of the most important benefits of this technology?

Top 5 Benefits of Cone Beam CT Scans:

  1. Reduces serious surgical risks. Cone Beam CT scans are instrumental in preventing serious dental surgery risks. This technology enables the dentist to precisely and accurately create and execute surgery tailored to a patient’s specific needs or desires. Creating a customized surgical procedure can help the dentist avoid any complications or risks. 
  2. These scans can help differentiate between different types of tissues. Perhaps the biggest problem with traditional x-ray scans is that they do not show the many differences between tissues located in the mouth. For example, a dental surgeon may have trouble differentiating between soft tissue or nerves by using an x-ray image alone. Fortunately, Cone Beam CT scans eliminate this issue, giving the dentist a far more accurate, complete image of the patient’s mouth.
  3. Clearer images. Unlike x-ray images, Cone Beam CT technology provide dentists and patients with sharp, high-resolution images that accurately display the patient’s mouth, eliminating the chance for errors to occur.
  4. Helpful for identifying many dental conditions. Issues such as infections, tumors, cysts, and other problems are much easier to identify when using Cone Beam CT scans. The technology is extremely beneficial when it comes to detecting and treating irregularities within the mouth.
  5. Non-invasive and quick. A Cone Beam CT scan can be completed in just seconds, thereby reducing your exposure to radiation.  They’re also non-invasive, so there is very little chance for discomfort during the scan.

Cone Beam CT Scans in Toccoa

If you’re ready to learn more about Cone Beam CT technology, contact us today and schedule a consultation.  Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439.  We look forward to serving you.

Oral Cancer Rates Rising

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Oral cancer rates are rising in the United States, and throughout the world. In 1981, 10,000 people died from oral cancers in the US. In 2011, over 37,000 people developed oral cancers and about 8,000 died. These statistics suggest that the death rates from oral cancer are higher than those from melanoma, thyroid cancer and Hodgkins lymphoma.

Usually oral cancer stays under the radar unless a celebrity is diagnosed. One reason the death rate for oral cancers is so high is that most patients are not diagnosed until the cancer has spread. Oral cancers are usually painless and people are not able to scan themselves as they do for skin cancers or even self-checks for breast cancer.

Risk factors for oral cancers include a history of smoking, drinking alcohol and increasingly, infection with the HPV virus. There may also be a genetic predisposition for oral cancers. Diet can also play a role in moderating risk – research has shown that a diet high in fruits and vegetables can help protect against oral cancers.

Regular screening for oral cancers is extremely important. Cure rates are much higher when the disease is discovered early. Regular routine dental examinations will provide you  peace of mind – when the dentist palpates the soft tissues of your mouth they are actually looking for signs of oral cancers, this goes along with a visual check for signs of disease. Cone beam CT scans can be used to diagnose tumors in the bone that cannot be seen on regular x-rays. Your dentist may suggest additional screening using special technology that can illuminate suspect lesions.

Schedule your appointment today by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439.

Top 5 Benefits of Cone Beam CT Scans

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Wilbanks Smile Center offers 5 benefits of Cone Beam CT technology.If you have ever been to the dentist before, you’ve likely had an x-ray done .  However, these images are flat and two-dimensional, and have their limitations.  While they’re effective in detecting certain issues in the mouth, like cavities, certain dental issues require something more in-depth and precise.  Cone Beam CT Technology is an innovative solution to the limitations posed by more traditional x-ray methods, but what exactly is it?

A Cone Beam CT scan provides a digital, three-dimensional view of what lies beneath the teeth and gums.  It offers the dentist or dental surgeon a detailed look at critical structures in the mouth, like teeth roots, existing implants, nerves, sinus cavities, and more.  It’s especially effective in cases of dental surgery or implant planning, as it helps dentists clearly visualize bone anatomy and other necessary factors.  So what are some of the patient-side benefits of Cone Beam CT Technology?

Top 5 Benefits of Cone Beam CT Scans:

  1. Can discriminate between different types of tissue. A major limitation of traditional x-rays is the inability to differentiate between the many different types of tissue in the mouth — like bone, nerves, soft tissue, and teeth.  Cone Beam CT scans fix this problem, allowing dentists to gain a more accurate image of your mouth.
  2. Reduces surgical risks. Cone Beam CT scans allows dentists to accurately and precisely create a surgical or treatment plan for you.  This helps to avoid any complications that may arise.
  3. Accurate imaging. Considered the gold standard in three-dimensional imaging, Cone Beam CT technology provides both dentists and patients with accurate, high-resolution images.  Since they’re based on one’s true measurements, magnification errors can be avoided.
  4. Can identify a wide range of conditions. Infections, tumors, cysts and more can all be identified through the use of a Cone Beam CT scan, making it an effective tool in the detection and treatment of irregularities in the mouth.
  5. Quick and non-invasive. A Cone Beam CT scan can be completed in just seconds, thereby reducing your exposure to radiation.  They’re also non-invasive, allowing patients to undergo the scan without discomfort.

Cone Beam CT Scans in Toccoa

If you’re ready to learn more about Cone Beam CT technology, contact us today and schedule a consultation.  Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439.  We look forward to serving you.

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