Cone Beam CT Scan
Some people, especially those of an older generation, remember a time when x-rays were much different than they are now. Incredible achievements in computer technology have taken the world by storm. Many fields, including dentistry, have found a way to highly benefit from the more adept resources that are becoming available. With access to some of the most advanced machines in dental history, it can be much easier for you to obtain optimal oral health. David Crumpton, DDS understands how important it can be to have superior results and can share one easy way of ensuring you get them!
How Computers Can Repair Your Teeth
There have been startling discoveries in how we can use digital radiography to create a 3D image of your mouth. It can easily be modified to give you a sneak peek at what a possible outcome of your procedure could be. This can be very encouraging for those who may have felt uncomfortable with a long course of action with no immediate results. One of the most beneficial aspects, however, is how we can use a computer to have 3D pictures of not just your teeth and bone, but also the soft tissues and even nerve pathways. This can help us predict a path for your treatment that takes into account the unique structure of your mouth and anticipates problems before the procedure.
In general, 3D technology is preferred by those who are considering orthodontic work. Impressions can be made digitally and used to create plastic dental aligners which can be used much like braces to restore a patient’s crooked smile. It is more commonly used for surgical planning, which for implants can detect degenerative tissue and determine if a graft will be needed in advance. 3D radiology can also recognize jaw tumors and notice the first signs of disease.
Creating 3D Images of Your Mouth
Cone-beam computed tomography is a type of radiography implemented when other x-rays cannot acquire enough information for the procedure. There are no actual special requirements for having the x-ray. It is best if you feel comfortable, so be sure to wear loose clothing. All metal around the face, including piercings, glasses, and hearing aids, will need to be removed before ensure an accurate reading. The x-ray is considered to be painless, and you can go about your day as usual afterward. Be sure to bring any dental pieces, such as bridges or dentures; you already have so they can be used in the evaluation.
During the exam, sitting or lying still will be very necessary. The gantry will rotate around your head in a full circle simultaneously with the x-ray source and a detector. It can capture up to 200 pictures from every angle and is used to create the final image. In less than a minute, your entire mouth can be digitally recorded, and then we can begin to efficiently plan the best treatment for you.
Modern technology may seem rather intimidating, but with David Crumpton, DDS it can be as simple as just making an appointment with us to find out all of the incredible ways cone-beam radiography can benefit you. Call , so we can schedule you in for a consultation right away!