How 3D Cone-Beam CT Technology is Changing Dentistry

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When most people think of dental care, the first thing that comes to mind is a trip to the dentist’s office for a cleaning. However, advances in computed tomography (CT) technology are changing the way dentists work, and making it possible for them to provide more comprehensive care without having to leave their offices. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how CT technology is transforming dentistry and explore some of its benefits.

What is Computed Tomography for Orofacial Medicine?

Computed tomography, CT, is an x-ray imaging procedure that is completely computerized. It works by using narrow x-ray beams rotating around the body to produce a series of cross-sectional images. These sliced images are then digitally stacked together, forming a 3D image that provides your oral surgeon with more detailed information than traditional x-rays can.

CT scans can identify diseases or injuries spanning different areas of the sinuses, teeth, gums, and jaw. The images that come from CT scans portray both hard and soft tissues, enhancing the physician’s ability to identify any abnormalities. This is an advantage because an exact location can be pinpointed.

CT Technology in Dental Diagnostics

In the dental field, dental cone beam computed tomography is used when traditional x-rays cannot show the detail needed. These scans are used to show 3D images of structures, tissue, nerves, and bone, allowing for better-informed decision making.

The process of cone beam CT is different from traditional CT scans. These machines are smaller and less expensive than traditional CT machines, allowing them to be used in outpatient offices. The images produced can show any emerging illness or injury related to your jaw, dentition, bone structures, as well as your nasal cavity.

Although it does not show as much information as a conventional CT scan, 3D cone-beam CTs do paint a good picture while using extremely low radiation levels. Dental cone beam CT is helpful with other complex procedures such as:

  • Impacted teeth
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Dental implant placement
  • Jaw tumors
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Wisdom tooth root complications


How Wilmington Oral Surgery Uses CT Scan Technology

Wilmington Oral Surgery is integrating the latest technology in our offices to better serve our patients. Utilizing dental cone beam CT allows us to accurately diagnose issues to create a precise treatment plan. This technology aids with dental implant cases that may be more complicated. Being able to evaluate exact details of oral structures allows for more precise, minimally invasive implant surgery. It optimizes the placement of the implant, lowering healing time.

As technology continues to evolve, the medical field evolves with it. If you are in need of an oral procedure that might require a dental cone beam CT scan, schedule an appointment to find out how Wilmington Oral Surgery can help!

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