With smartphones, Alexa or Google Home, smart appliances, and other technology, everyday tasks have become much easier and more efficient these days. A simple device can make the complex feel more straightforward. Although you may not be aware of it yet, in the field of dentistry, technology has made huge strides toward better care, especially when it comes to tooth replacements and oral surgery. You may not stand in long lines for hours waiting to take advantage of the latest dental implant technology in Marietta, but you’ll appreciate a provider who has it when you need it most.
Why Is It Important to Use Advanced Technology?
In basically any line of work, experience and training are priceless to success. However, technology gives your skills a boost to ensure even greater success. Whatever profession you have, you likely already realize how valuable and beneficial it can be to utilize the best tools available to you, and you seek out new ways to improve what you do.
When it comes to dentistry, technology can make all the difference between a positive dental experience and bad one with complications or even failure. While digital X-rays have sped up the process of developing the images, there’s even more advanced technology available for some of dentistry’s most complex procedures—a cone beam CT scanner.
How Does a Cone Beam CT Scanner Work?
Basically, the patient steps into the center of the scanner and holds still while the machine takes detailed images from multiple angles around their head. Using advanced software, the oral surgeon then compiles these images together to create a 3D model of the patient’s entire oral cavity. This 3D model allows your oral surgeon to properly plan complex procedures, such as implant placement, with more precision.
What Are the Benefits of Using a Cone Beam CT Scanner?
This scanner shows much more than your typical dental X-ray. Cone beam CT imaging captures not just the teeth and jaw bone but also blood vessels, possible nerve endings, and more.
The images collected from a CBCT scanner play a significant role in making sure the procedures are carried out successfully. During the planning stage, the oral surgeon can identify the best place to surgically insert the dental implant so that the patient experiences the minimum amount of discomfort and encounters little to no complication following the placement procedure.
If you’re ever in a position where you need oral surgery or dental implant placement, wouldn’t you want your provider to use the best available technology? Like other advanced tools and instruments, a CBCT scanner leads to better outcomes for the patient. It is worth finding a practice that has everything: experience, training, and the right technology.
About the Author
Dr. Jeff Lee has been practicing for nearly 20 years. After graduating from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, he completed a four-year residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He also has earned a Master of Science degree in dental implants and uses a CBCT scanner in his practice, Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery. If you have questions about this technology, he can be reached here.