Technology has truly revolutionized our lives, and oral surgery is no exception. At Wilmington Oral Surgery, we use the latest developments in technology for maxillofacial medicine to improve the quality of care we can provide our patients. Our innovative approach to technological integration in oral surgical procedures is just one of the reasons we are worth the drive. Many of our patients in Cincinnati and surrounding areas are willing to drive to Wilmington for quality and affordable care.
Our 3D Cone Beam Computer Tomography is a perfect example of how we integrate the latest medical tech into our patient-focused oral surgery practice. Until the early 2000s, oral surgeons only had two dimensional tools at their disposal for evaluating the teeth, gums, mouth and jaw. Since we live in a 3D world, 2D imaging fell short of the precision we enjoy today. Fortunately, recent advances in dental and facial imaging enable 3D evaluations of facial and dental structures. This completely changes the game in the level of precision and detailed care we can offer.
In addition to increased precision, the cone beam digital technology minimizes radiation exposure compared to traditional medical CT scanners, because the machines are much smaller. But the cone beam CT still produces similar images to the scanners you would see at a hospital or outpatient clinic. It’s a healthier and more precise approach to detailed diagnostics.
Oral Surgery Tech: How the 3D Cone Beam CT Works
This type of CT machine requires you to place your head in a certain position so that the imager has unobstructed access to every angle of your mouth and jaw. During a scan, a focused, cone-shaped X-ray beam moves 360 degrees around your head, gathering up to 600 images, also called views.
The cone beam CT allows Dr. Puckett to diagnose any issues and create a treatment plan with unmatched precision and accuracy. The system uses scatter radiation to provide clearer images than X-rays. Views and angles can be manipulated for an accurate evaluation.
3D CT Optimizes Preparations for Dental Implant Surgery
Current cone beam CT technology allows for superior digital implant planning. The three-dimensional images enable superior pre-surgical treatment planning and help eliminate complications, which can occur with traditional X-rays.
Using the cone beam CT with current software, we can plan challenging implant cases that were previously considered untreatable. We can accurately assess landmarks such as the lower jawbone canal, the sinuses beside the nose and adjacent teeth, as well as the volume, height, width, and angle of bone.
The technology allows us to conduct minimally invasive dental implant surgery, which is less painful and improves soft tissue outcomes. It also helps us optimize the placement of each dental implant, increasing chances of proper osseointegration and healing time.
Cone Beam X-rays Reveal the Details of Impacted Teeth
Additionally, the cone beam CT is an important tool to diagnose and assist with treatment of impacted teeth. Cone beam CT shows us where the impacted teeth are in relation to the roots of adjacent teeth, nerves and sinuses. These 3D views allow us to avoid damaging essential anatomical structures when the oral surgeon removes the impacted tooth.
Identifying Jaw Lesions with 3D Imaging reduces Severity of Oral Surgeries
Three-dimensional scans help us properly determine the extent of disease in jaw lesions before our oral surgeon performs a procedure, which means we can decide the best course of treatment ahead of time. They do not always provide a specific diagnosis, but help us narrow the options and guide us in next steps.
Getting a Cone Beam Scan in Easy and Painless!
The scan is quick (it takes approximately ten seconds), noninvasive and painless, there are no side effects, and no radiation remains in your body.
After your scan, we are able to easily share your images with your dentist, which aids collaboration on your care to provide the best outcome.