Cone Beam CT Technology
As a part of our commitment to providing our patients with the most advanced type of digital radiography, we added the Planmeca Promax 3D scanner to our high tech fleet of digital equipment. Cone beam technology provides the surgeon with a three-dimensional, digital image of structures beneath the surface of the teeth and gums. This unprecedented view includes teeth roots, internal canals, and bone structure. CBCT (Cone-Beam Computed Tomography) scans are similar in detail to traditional medical CTs, but taken in a fraction of the time. Since the scan takes only seconds, your radiation exposure will be drastically reduced. This allows non-invasive evaluation of anatomy and specific areas of interest to assist the doctor in diagnosis and treatment planning.
When might it be necessary to have a Cone Beam CT Scan?
Some common uses of this Scan in our office would include:
- Determining the specific location of impacted teeth.
- Evaluating important anatomic structures in an area of proposed surgery (i.e. nerves, sinus cavities, adjacent tooth roots).
- Identifying cysts, tumors or other abnormalities in the bone, such as extra teeth.
- Planning the surgical exposure of impacted teeth for orthodontic eruption.
- Evaluation of possible dental implant sites and implant planning.
- Evaluation of the Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ).
- Planning for bone grafting or similar procedures.
- Evaluation of the sinuses.