The clinic has adopted digital imaging because of its clear cut advantages. Digital Imaging allows:
Panoramic x-rays are the most commonly used dental radiographs and provide useful information regarding the dentition, sinuses, temporomandibular joints, impacted teeth, and their relation to the vital structures such as the inferior alveolar nerve. They are also vital tin indicating the available bone height during dental implant planning.
They are especially effective in the following situations:
Our clinic is equipped to carry out procedures under IV sedation. Monitoring equipment such as pulse oximatry, BP cuffs, oxygen supply and airway are a prerequisite for carrying out IV sedation.
Cone Beam CT (CBCT) is a new imaging technology that generates a 3D volume of image data. Using a cone-shaped x-ray beam rather than the linear fan beam of conventional CT's, a CBCT scanner takes just one revolution around the patient to capture these multiplanar views. With imaging software, the data may be reconstructed to render 3D views that can be manipulated to show different angles, varying depths and thicknesses, and be selective for certain tissues. The dose of radiation needed for a CBCT is much lower than for a conventional CT.
Common applications of CBCT include:
3D CT scans allow the surgeon and restorative dentist to optimally plan and place dental implants. Their uses and benefits are present throughout the continuum of care from diagnosis to treatment to post-op examinations and include:
And with the use of guided implant placement based on 3D CT scans, all the above benefits are enhanced to the point that the surgeon can approach each case with the confidence that comes from knowing that the best available image data and technology have been used to ensure success.
With Cone Beam CT imaging, a more comprehensive orthodontic diagnosis and more accurate treatment planning is possible by allowing for:
Cone Beam CT scans can provide a more accurate and 3-dimensional assessment to provide more predictable treatment results while reducing the risks associated with any impacted tooth.
Volumetric data obtained from a CBCT survey can be used to visualize the sinuses and the entire airway path from the nasal and oral entrances to the laryngeal spaces for:
CBCT scans provide a superior means of visualizing and studying pathological processes in the maxilla and mandible. This information is invaluable when planning any surgical efforts for biopsy or resection.
Although conventional radiography is more practical and better suited for everyday endodontic procdures, volumetric data from CBCT scans can provide serial axial, coronal, and sagittal views that are not possible to obtain from conventional radiography. The ability to reduce or eliminate superimposition of surrounding structures makes it easier to visualize areas of interest in three dimensions. This provides much clinically relevant diagnositic information and has many potential applications for endodontics including:
Accurate evaluation of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) has been difficult due to the superimposition of other structures in conventional radiographs. With Cone Beam CT imaging, it is now possible to:
The disadvantages of conventional 2-dimensional x-rays for accurate periodontal assessment is avoided by 3-dimensional and cross-sectional analyses helping to avoid surprises often encountered during periodontal surgery.
In addition to implant placement, a Cone Beam CT scan is an invaluable diagnostic and treatment planning tool for the oral surgeon for: