Your dental team at Alta Dental Studio is committed to delivering state-of-the-art dental care to Vancouver patients. One of the ways we do that is by investing in the latest technology that helps us streamline procedures, making the experience more comfortable for our patients. Today, we will talk about the numerous ways our 3-D cone beam computed technology (CBCT) helps us provide exceptional dental care.
What Is CBCT Technology?
Dentists have used CBCT technology since the early 2000s. CBCT provides 3-D digital imaging that helps our dentists diagnose certain conditions and provide an accurate evaluation for recommending and providing the proper dental treatment. Some of the conditions that the CBCT can help to diagnose or plan for are:
- Preparing for dental implant placement surgery
- Evaluating jaw joints and facial structure
- Assessment of cleft palates
- Identifying lesions
- Diagnosing for root canal treatment
- Pinpointing dental caries or tooth decay
- Planning for tooth extraction
- Diagnosing dental trauma
- Confirming periodontal infections
The CBCT allows for a closer and more detailed view of soft tissues, the jaw bone, teeth, roots, jaw joints, and sinus structure. This can help us pinpoint growth abnormalities, bone loss, fractures, periodontal infection, and joint irregularities.
Let's look at how CBCT imaging helps streamline specific dental procedures.
Dental Implant Placement Surgery
When planning for dental implant placement surgery, 3-D imaging provides invaluable information for our dentists to determine if there is enough healthy bone structure to support a dental implant successfully. For patients who lack enough healthy bone, such as those suffering from periodontitis (advanced gum disease), our dentists may recommend a bone grafting procedure to rebuild the bone structure before placing a dental implant.
3-D images are also integral in planning implant placement surgery ahead of time, so our dentists know precisely where to place the dental implant to achieve the best outcome. CBCT technology ensures that we can place dental implants in Vancouver with the utmost accuracy and precision, supporting the 95 percent success rate that dental implants typically have.
Root Canal Treatment
CBCT imaging can also help diagnose the need for root canal treatment and help our dentists successfully implement it. When our dentists can identify a tooth infection as early as possible, the prognosis for the patient improves.
3-D imaging helps our dentists identify and treat patients with tooth infections in the most straightforward manner, preventing further problems from developing and even guarding against tooth loss.
3-D images are also invaluable when our dentists evaluate wisdom teeth or other potential teeth for extraction. The pictures help us determine the health and position of compromised teeth, so tooth extraction procedures are smooth and efficient.
CBCT scans are also helpful when our dentists need to identify or monitor periodontal (gum) disease. Since gum disease is an infection of the soft tissues and bone that support your teeth, a 3-D image of your jawbone can help determine if gum disease is prevalent and the extent of the damage it's caused. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, so diagnosing it as early as possible helps protect your smile and dental health.
Since 3-D images provide a detailed look at your teeth, their roots, and jaw joints, they can be helpful when planning for orthodontic treatment. Our dentists can also pinpoint jaw joint (TMJ) concerns that may be developing due to bite or tooth misalignment.
Straightening your teeth builds your confidence when you have a beautiful smile and makes oral care more effective when your teeth are easier to brush and floss.
What to Expect During a CBCT Scan
Now that you understand the extensive benefits this type of imaging offers for several different types of procedures, you may wonder what getting a scan entails.
It is actually a quick and easy process! First, the scan itself is over in a matter of seconds. Then, depending on the scanning system, you may be seated and asked to bite onto a little plastic stick while the machine rotates around your head. The bite stick separates your teeth for the image. The entire process is quick and comfortable, and the images are available for your dentist to analyze right away.
The radiation emitted during a CBCT scan is significantly less than what you would get during a medical CT scan. So the concern for radiation during a CBCT scan is minimal.
CBCT images are integral in treatment planning for your Vancouver dentists because these pictures significantly increase the chances for successful outcomes for numerous procedures.
Do you have questions about CBCT scans or other technology we use to help protect your dental health? Contact your dentist in Vancouver today at (604) 876-5032 for more information.