Dentistry involves some of the same techniques as medicine. In order to come up with the correct diagnosis of the problem, dentists rely on clinical information obtained by and through the patient. In the same way that doctors cannot diagnose whether or not a patient has cancer without undergoing a biopsy procedure, dentists would not know exactly what is happening underneath your gums without the help of tests. Because the team of dental professionals at Champaign, IL, together with Dr. Eric Martin and Dr. Nick Sabbia want to get the diagnosis right every single time, they have introduced the gold standard 3D imaging to residents of Champaign, IL in the form of Digital Cone Beam Scanning.
What is Digital Cone Beam Scanning?
Also known as cone beam computerized tomgoraphy or CBCT, cone beam scanning, in a nutshell, takes three-dimensional pictures of the structures which are found inside your mouth. In the past, digital cone beam scanning was only available in large hospitals and imaging centers. However, the indispensability of this tool has now made it a mainstay in advanced dental clinics.
What is Digital Cone Beam Scanning used for?
There is a wide array of uses for digital cone beam scanning, however, the imaging procedure is more frequently used to diagnose facial bone problems such as in the case of tumors, as well as bone fractures. While that may be a more morbid way to make use of digital cone beam scanning, some practical and everyday applications for this imaging tool include evaluating for dental implant placement. Moreover, these exhaustive scans of your oral structures also enable your dentist to find a safe way to move forward with difficult dental extractions. Not only does it become easier for your dentist to suggest a treatment plan, but it also ensures you that possible complications are evaded.
What is the Principle Behind Digital Cone Beam Scanning?
The unfortunate part of digital cone beam scanning is the fact that it actually bombards you with eight times more radiation then panoramic x-rays. However, the good thing is that slicing of images are no longer required and this imaging procedure allows both your upper and lower jaws to be scanned all at one go. Data that is captured actually comes in the form of two-dimensional images, however, all of these images are combined together by an underlying technology which is then able to compile the images together into 3-D forms.
What are the Benefits of Digital Cone Beam Scanning?
Just as with the other forms of digital radiography, Digital Cone Beam Scanning allows for your dentist to view the results automatically through a computer screen. At the same time, the results may be manipulated by the viewer so that structures may be seen much clearly and easily. Since digital scanning aids in early detection, the odds of your condition being successfully treated would increase dramatically. Finally, the records of your dental images can be stored conveniently so that the dentist can easily review them for future reference.
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