The primary goal of any dental professional is to help their patients realize the smile they’ve always dreamed of while maintaining optimum oral health. The ability to achieve this goal relies on more than know-how; they also need the right tools and materials to achieve this outcome. Advances in dental technology come in many areas, but dental imaging is perhaps the area that went the longest without a truly revolutionary breakthrough. Cone-Beam Computer Tomography, also known as CBCT, is the most recent innovation in that area. CBCT is capable of improving the diagnostic and planning of your dentist. We’re going to share some insight into how.
The Profound Impact of CBCT on Endodontic Planning
Dental imaging is essential to your dentist’s diagnostic process in planning your procedures. A proper diagnosis can be made by creating images of the hidden oral structures and the visible soft tissue within your mouth. For years the most effective imaging was performed through multiple film x-rays using a physical medium. Cone-Beam Computer Tomography eliminates the need for a physical film and reduces the amount of radiation used in the procedure. In addition, the process uses dozens of digital images stitched together using special software to create an end result that is higher resolution and more accurate than anything available before this.
Undergoing the CBCT imaging process is more comfortable for the patient as well. Gone are the days of needing uncomfortable bite trays and multiple steps. With CBCT, you’re positioned in a chair with your chin on a resting pad to keep you from moving during the process. The CBCT imaging camera then rotates 180 degrees around you on an arm, taking countless images while doing so. This whole process takes less than a minute once the scanning starts. The outcome is incredible quality 3D digital images that improve the diagnostic and treatment planning process. Some benefits of CBCT technology include:
- Greater visibility of oral health concerns in the resulting films
- Enhanced planning ability due to being able to view the film from any angle.
- Nerve canals, sinus cavities, and nasal cavities are clearer than ever before.
- Abscess formation and infection are able to be identified earlier.
- Enhanced diagnostic and treatment planning ability.
Some offices can also utilize a 3D printer to produce a physical model of your oral structures. This can be incredibly beneficial as a reference in the performance of certain procedures. It can also serve as a valuable aid in describing what the upcoming procedure is going to entail.
Speak To Your Dental Provider About CBCT Technology
Communicate with your dental provider to learn more about how CBCT is affecting the quality of care provided by their clinic. You can also ask about the other technologies in use at their facility and their impact on the care you’re receiving. Investing in the latest innovations is one more way your dentist can ensure you get the best possible care. Call and schedule your next visit today!