Cone Beam CT Scanner — Recognizing The Benefits

Carestream  Dental:  9000  3D  CBCT  ScannerNowadays, with continuous technological advancements, better methods have emerged to change the field of dentistry, and one of these is the Cone Beam CT scanner.  Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanners generate multiple projections that are immediately processed into 3D images. The Cone Beam CT scanner allows the reproducible 3D imaging of the jaws and teeth of the patient.

Previously, dental specialists would rely solely on 2D radiographs (dental X-rays), intuition and experience to successfully perform complicated procedures. However, upon the rise of the Cone Beam CT or CBCT scanner, experienced dental specialists are now given the opportunity to offer their patients outcomes that are more predictable and less prone to complications. Dental professionals for various clinical applications use the cone beam CT scanner for various reasons, including visualization of complex root anatomy, calcification, resorption, fractures of teeth and jaws and infections of the sinuses.

Despite the fact that CBCT images are more expensive when compared to the two-dimensional images, patients are actually entitled to proportionately increased benefits. CBCT provides a fast, non-invasive method for answering a number of clinical questions. Whether it is in the diagnosis of oral pathology, or treatment of complex anatomy of infected teeth, the Cone Beam CT scanner can still be instrumental in making sure that Dr. Choby can offer her patients only the finest and most successful outcomes.

Without a doubt, the Cone Beam CT scanner offers tremendous advantages for patients and dental specialists alike. If you need any dental surgery procedure, Dr. Choby is one of the leading dentists in Northern Virginia who utilizes this kind of technology in order for you to enjoy the benefits that it has to offer.

Advanced imaging technology for more accurate diagnosis

Dr. Choby uses the KODAK 9000 3D System to take powerful 3D images, while using less radiation. The cone beam CT scanner and digital radiography (digital X-rays) capture high-quality images, helping Dr. Choby to perform a wider range of diagnoses and treatments. This reduces multiple visits and rescheduling, saving her patients time and root canal cost. Being able to view an extraordinary level of anatomical detail helps Dr. Choby visualize your patients’ dentition, diagnose more accurately and treat with confidence.

Cone Beam CT: KODAK 9000 3D System

CBCT  scanner  used in  Dr. Choby's office  for diagnosing  complex cases.   Despite years of training and practice, it has been difficult to correctly diagnose what can barely be seen on 2 D intra oral images. The Kodak 3D extra oral imaging shows the whole picture from the axial, coronal, saggital views. CBCT provides additional information that is indispensable when used in endodontics for finding canals,diagnosing calcifications, determining the precise areas of perforations and visualizing vertical and horizontal fractures. Here are recent case studies.

How this technology has helped our patients

Below, you will find two real life case studies where our advanced diagnostic tool was able to benefit our patients:

3D  Images  showing  internal  resorption and  periapical  lesion on  tooth  #9.  Tooth  was  saved!
Case 1: A 30-year-old male came to the office with pain in #9. He wants to save his tooth. A conventional 2-D radiograph was take but the diagnosis was not clear. A CT scan showed significant internal resorption in addition to a periapical lesion. No external resorption and no fracture lines were found. The patient was told that the resorption makes the tooth fragile and the prognosis is poor. Despite this, the patient wanted to save the tooth. The tooth was treated successfully and he has retained his tooth that would have otherwise been extracted.

Case 2: A 41-year-old man fell out of a third-floor apartment and landed on a concrete sidewalk. He was treated for a broken jaw and was released. He arrived to our office with tooth #7 that looked suspicious on the 2D view. A CBCT scan was taken of tooth #7 and the results were much clearer. In all three views, a horizontal fracture was visible. The recommended treatment consisted of an extraction followed by an implant. With conventional 2D views, the correct diagnosis could not be made.

This new technology can provide a range of new applications. These applications include endodontics, implantology, surgery, fracture, and periapical lesion assessment and TMJ assessment. This diagnostic tool can save you time and money and decrease the number of times you come to the dentist.

3D  images  showing  a  horizontal  fracture  in  tooth  #7.  Unfortunately,  the  tooth couldn't  be  saved.