A number of dentists are discovering the advantages of digital volume tomography (DTV) for diagnostics. There are several different options that are innovative for the planning and performing of treatments. As a result, new applications are continuously being developed for oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, implantology and the analysis of respiratory tract organs. At Welch Dental Group, our team has to incorporated the use of Cone Beam Computerized Tomography, better known as a CBCT, within our office. This medical imaging technique provides both a two and a three dimensional view of all oral and facial bony characteristics which were once unattainable.
The enhanced capability of the CBCT scanner allows us to better diagnose problems which may include:
• The identification of any lesions or cysts
• Bone loss or infections that may originate from endodontic (root canal) or periodontal (gum) issues
• Trauma evaluations
In addition, the CBCT allows us to better treat patients by:
• Utilizing a 3 dimensional, computerized model to precisely plan and complete the placement and restoration of an implant crown
• Better identify conditions prior to invasive orthodontics or oral surgery
Do you need a CBCT? As beneficial as they are, it is not necessary to perform a CBCT on everyone. However, it is important that we provide you with the information and, if necessary, the opportunity to utilize this comprehensive diagnostic tool so that together we can make an informed decision.