Conventional dental x-rays, such as the panorex, are of limited value as they only display the images in two dimensions that are not dimensionally accurate. Modern cone beam technology produces a computerized 3-D image of the actual bone architecture and exact amount of vital bone structure. This technology has reduced the guesswork with implant placement by increasing the precision and predictability of the procedure.
Cone Beam Scans can help:
- Visualize the 3-D anatomy of clinical structures such as bone, teeth, the sinuses and nerves.
- Determine the bone quality and density as it relates to implant placement.
- Diagnose causes of dental discomfort previously thought to be vague or unknown with other methods of clinical or x-ray diagnostics.
This technology can help in planning implant placement prior to actual surgery. Cone beam imaging is safe – radiation dosage is equal to one day in the sun. The amount of radiation is 250 times less than that of a conventional medical CT scan. The scan generally takes less than one minute. Drs. Lindman, Burch, Hull, and Andreasen use diagnostic tools, such as the cutting-edge cone beam CT scanner with a proven safety record, to obtain the necessary information to make an accurate diagnosis and provide for the most appropriate treatment options.