Not long ago, the only sure way to discover the exact location and condition of the structures of a patient’s mouth was to undergo surgery. When the X-ray was introduced, doctors had a new, non-invasive, way of viewing the density of tissue and bone structure, and the number and duration of surgeries was greatly reduced. Unfortunately, a simple X-ray only provides a single two-dimensional view of the area in question, and can often miss important details in the complexity of the human mouth.
With the advent of Cone Beam Computed Tomography, or CBCT scans, doctors now have the ability to view a complex three dimensional model of your mouth, showing striking detail of bone, sinuses, and the exact layout of an individual’s jaw and teeth. By compiling and combining hundreds of images of the patient, this technology allows for careful planning and unparalleled precision. This results in better surgery and a drastic reduction in treatment duration, which minimizes pain, swelling, and recovery time.
What about minimizing radiation exposure? The newest generation of dental imaging comes in the form of the Planmeca Promax 3D, a state-of-the-art cone beam CT. This machine allows for a wide variety of customized programs that were not previously possible. Extremely short bursts of radiation are used, instead of the continuous radiation emitted by many other scanners. The result is drastically-reduced radiation exposure, while providing accurate, distortion-free, 3-D images.
Dr. Martin is one of the select few state-of-the-art practitioners using the Planmeca Promax 3D, and is the only dental office in the entire Tahoe Basin using a cone beam CT. If you’re considering dental implants, let Dr. Martin apply this innovative technology, along with his expertise, to assure the best possible outcome for you and your teeth.