CONE BEAM CT (CBCT)
We are pleased to offer a state-of-the-art 3D imaging modality known as cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). Similar to traditional CT imaging but much lower radiation dose, the CBCT allows highly accurate 3-D radiographic images for the diagnosis and treatment related to oral surgery. This technology allows us to provide the best possible assessment and treatment for areas such as dental implants, impacted teeth, TMJ, corrective jaw surgery, trauma, and pathologic conditions. The 3-D images enable a level of anatomical accuracy and patient care not possible with traditional 2-D technologies.

While we do not obtain a CBCT on every patient, we do evaluate each of our patients on an individual basis to see if a CBCT will provide the information that would improve your care and will discuss our recommendation with you accordingly. Every CBCT that is done in our office is interpreted by one of our surgeons or a licensed oral and maxillofacial radiologist.

CT GUIDED IMPLANT SURGERY

The Cone Beam CT has revolutionized dental implant surgery. The 3-D imaging technology can be used to fabricate a surgical guide to plan the exact position of the implants in your jawbone according to the future crown or denture to be made. This eliminates all the guesswork involved in determining what parts of the jawbone offer the best sites for implant placement. We utilize state of the art implant planning software in conjunction with our CBCT to visualize the placement of dental implants in three dimensions. It can virtually create your exact future crown or denture on the computer software according to your exact bone and soft tissue anatomy. From this, we can then determine precisely in three dimensions how and where the implant will be placed. The software data is then sent to the lab and a surgical guide is generated to be used during the implant surgery..

The advantages of this technology includes:

  • More precise implant placement
  • Reduction in treatment time
  • Increased patient safety
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Faster recovery
  • Less post-operative discomfort

VIRTUAL SURGICAL PLANNING

Cone Beam CT scanning is also used to aid the planning and performing of corrective jaw surgery. By utilizing this technology we are not only able to plan your surgery virtually ahead of time, but also able to fabricate precise surgical splints to aid the re-positioning of the jaws during surgery and to maximize the final results in terms of the functional and esthetic outcome. We are also able to utilize this technology to communicate more effectively with you and your orthodontist about what to expect your surgical procedure to involve. As a result, the quality of treatment provided is enhanced, total surgical time is reduced, less post-operative discomfort, faster recovery, and less complications.

 


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