CT Cone Beam Scanner for dentistry
Dental 3D Imaging in Wilminton DE
One of the most exciting advancements in medical technology is the development of dental 3D imaging. Unlike traditional x-rays, 3D imaging captures not only bone structure but also soft tissues. This gives us a comprehensive look at the teeth, jawbone, tongue, cheeks, sinuses, and nerves of the mouth.
Limestone Periodontics is thrilled to offer our patients the latest in dental 3D imaging for more accurate diagnosis and treatment of various oral health conditions. Using Cone Beam Computed Tomography (also called cone-beam CT or CBCT), we can take advanced, incredibly detailed 3D images of the mouth in our office without needing a separate trip to a radiology facility.
How Does Limestone Periodontics use 3D CT Imaging?
Cone beam CT scanners provide detailed, high-resolution images of the bones and soft tissues of the mouth. We use these images to ensure precision and safety during bone grafting and the installation of dental implants. The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR) recommends using CBCT for imaging the maxillofacial area before any bone grafts or dental implant placements.
Computer-guided implant surgery based on 3D imaging raises the bar for precision placement by eliminating guesswork and creating a guide for the exact placement of each implant. We also use these scans after implant placement to carefully monitor the progress of implant integration following surgery.
Periodontal care leaps forward with dental 3D imaging as well. Because our cone beam CT scanner captures images of both hard and soft tissues, we can diagnose periodontal disease, cavities, and problems in the jaw and nerve canals in their earliest stages. Other applications include the diagnosis of fractures and endodontic issues.
3D dental imaging also gives our patients a window into their oral health and a better understanding of any treatments needed. Cone beam CT scans provide our patients with clear images of their own mouth structure so they can better visualize and understand their treatment plan.
What is the Difference Between a Cone Beam CT Scans and Old Technology?
Although CT scans and x-rays have been used for years in dental practices, there are advantages to cone-beam CT scans that make them superior to older technologies.
- CBCT scans produce less radiation than traditional CT scans
- 3D imaging produces higher resolution images with greater detail compared to x-rays
- Dental 3D imaging captures both bone structure and the surrounding soft tissues
- 3D imaging is non-invasive and painless
- Reduced scanning time, typically using a single rotation to capture complete imaging
- Patients can better see and understand their oral structures and treatment plans
Are Cone Beam CT Scans Safe?
In a word, yes. CBCT scans are safer than x-rays, with minimal radiation exposure. The procedure takes just seconds to create a complete 3D image of your teeth and oral cavities, unlike more traditional CT scans that require minutes to complete.
Cone beam CT scans are also more comfortable. The scanner rotates around your head, capturing images from all angles. There is no need to bite down on x-ray films to capture the images, unlike traditional x-rays. Dental 3D imaging also eliminates the need to take messy impressions using trays and gooey dental putty.
What are the Benefits of a CT Cone Beam Scan?
Our patients benefit in many ways from the addition of dental 3D imaging to our practice, including:
- No need to go to an outside radiology facility
- Increased accuracy means better results
- Computer-guided dental implant surgery is quicker and more accurate
- Very low radiation levels compared to x-rays and traditional CT scans
- Patients can clearly see and understand the images, leading to a better understanding of their conditions and treatment options.
- Patients appreciate our dedication to providing the latest advancements in dental care.
If you have questions about dental 3D imaging or want an appointment for an evaluation of your dental health, you can schedule an appointment online or by calling our office at Limestone Periodontics Phone Number (302) 994-4900.
With the addition of cone-beam CT technology to our office, our practice is committed to providing innovative, high-quality, patient care.