If you’re familiar with implant dentistry, chances are you’re familiar with some of the advanced technology that goes into making this treatment as successful as possible. One diagnostic instrument is especially critical to all stages of the dental implant treatment process: dental cone beam CT scans, also known as CBCT.
What is CBCT Imaging
CBCT is not your standard x-ray machine or CT scan. Rather than taking a two-dimensional image as a traditional x-ray would, CBCT creates a three dimensional digital model of your entire mouth with just one scan. This includes the teeth, gums, tongue, palate, nerve pathways and bone. As a result, this form of imaging gives Dr. Kontos a much high-quality representation of your mouth and its features.
How CBCT is Transforming Implant Dentistry
More Precise Treatment Planning
One of the trademark benefits of CBCT imaging is its ability to create precise, comprehensive treatment plans for every patient. By creating 3D models of the entire mouth, dentists enjoy the ability to create virtual surgical guides based on the positioning of teeth, bone density in the area, and the overall condition of the dentition. Patients benefit from this highly accurate treatment planning by receiving care specifically tailored to their unique oral health issues.
These advantages are not restricted to dental implant placement. CBCT has also been used across other dental specialties, allowing orthodontists, endodontists, and oral surgeons the necessary insight to develop specific treatment strategies for their patients. As all imaging is digitally available, collaboration between multiple dentists is also extremely easy.
High Likelihood of Incidental Findings
Another significant advantage offered by CBCT imaging is its ability to identify previously unknown abnormalities in the dentition. As imaging is so comprehensive, dentists are able to identify irregularities such as lesions, infection, other problems that wouldn’t normally appear in traditional or digital x-rays. The result is better preparation for upcoming treatment as well as patients getting better, more accurate treatment.
Project Future Problems
Another major benefit of this dental technology is its ability to detect tiny variations in bone density, identifying whether a part of jawbone tissue is at a higher risk of resorption and potential failure. Similarly, as CBCT imaging also captures details of surrounding soft tissue, our Tarpon Springs implant dentist is able to monitor changes in the gums to proactively identify signs of peri-implantitis, a major cause of dental implant failure.
Ready for Implants? Make Your Appointment Today
At the Tarpon Springs dental office of Dr. Emmanuel Kontos, our practice features some of the latest dental technology, including CBCT imaging. To learn more about this innovative technology, schedule your consultation with our implant dentist today. We look forward to helping you achieve your best smile yet!
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Tarpon Springs, FL
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