Dental Implant Placement is Easier with Cone Beam Technology
Posted on 10/30/2019 by Dr. Cory Nguyen
If you visit us to inquire about implants, then we are first going to discuss with you all the options. We will then explain to you how every treatment works, including what you gain to benefit from the procedure.
If you decide to proceed with treatment, then we will require some diagnostic tests first. One of the diagnostic tests that we are going to carry out will entail using cone beam technology. While our gums and teeth are visible on your face and jaws, do contain structures that are hidden. Some of these structures include blood vessels, sinuses and nerves.
Before placing implants, we need to know the exact location of these hidden structures, and that's where the cone beam scanner comes in.
Creating 3D Images of Your Facial Structure
While traditional dental x-rays will take 2D models of your jaws and teeth, cone-beam scanners typically take 3D photos. The scanner will take several digital x-rays which will then be amalgamated together to come up with a detailed 3D image. These machines will take a highly detailed 3D image of your jaws and teeth in just a few seconds in a manner that's non-invasive and comfortable. Unlike conventional scanners which produce high amounts of radiation, cone-beam scanners produce small amounts of radiation because the radiation is concentrated inside the cone shape.
Common Uses of Cone-Beam Radiations
Dental cone beam scans are commonly used during the preparation for the treatment of orthodontic issues. This equipment also comes handy in complex cases which involve the diagnosis of TMJ, surgical planning for teeth that are firmly pressed, measuring, treating and detecting of jaw tumors, reconstructive surgeries and many others.
Preparation Cone beam scans require no special preparation. Before the examination, we will ask you to remove anything which we believe might interfere with the procedure, including metal objects like eyeglasses, earrings, hearing aids and hairpins.
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