Cone Beam Computed Tomography – CBCT
Our practice utilizes state-of-the-art, small volume cone-beam CT (computed tomography) technology that provides highly accurate, 3-D radiographic images for the diagnosis, planning and treatment of endodontic disease. This allows three-dimensional visualization of teeth, bone, sinuses and surrounding structures with minimal radiation to the patient, enabling a level of anatomical accuracy and patient care not possible with 2-D technologies (regular dental x-rays). With the addition of cone-beam CT technology to our office, our practice is committed to providing innovative, high-quality, patient care.
Cone beam computed tomography is an innovative medical imaging technique that provides endodontists with three-dimensional views of the patient. In certain cases, CBCT greatly enhances the endodontist’s ability to diagnose, evaluate, treat and care for patients. During a CBCT scan, the machine rotates around the patient, capturing images using a cone-shaped X-ray beam. These images are then used to construct a 3-D representation of the patient’s teeth and jaws.
At Practice Limited to Endodontics our doctors carefully choose when radiographs are needed. X-rays are invaluable aids in diagnosis, treatment and maintenance of oral health. There are many guidelines and procedures that we follow to minimize radiation exposure to you.
Practice Limited to Endodontics utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies. Although exposure time for traditional dental radiographs is minimal, with digital imaging exposure time is further reduced by about 80 percent.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view an enlarged image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a small 35mm film up to the light.
Unlike film, digital X-ray images can be enhanced to assist in making a precise diagnosis. Some of the enhancements include magnification; changes in contrast; changes in brightness/darkness; coloring of image areas based on density, measurements; and more. These software-controlled enhancements optimize the image for easier reading and diagnosis.
Digital imaging also allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to other providers or insurance companies.
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Successful endodontics depends on a number of factors. The abilities and knowledge of the endodontist, including training and experience, are of primary importance. However, endodontic procedures are performed in the realm of fractions of millimeters, demanding great precision of observation and operation.
The introduction of the surgical microscope has revolutionized the field of endodontics. We have invested in the very best quality surgical microscopes that provide unparalleled magnification and illumination for both our non-surgical and surgical procedures.
Our success depends on us being able to see the minutest of details – you cannot treat what you cannot see.