Your dentist has just informed you that your wisdom teeth may need to be taken out.
The palms of your hands just started to become moist and your mind is now racing because you have just recalled every bad situation!
Will I need to take time off from work?!
Will I have swelling and look like a chipmunk?!?
How painful will this be??
It’s not uncommon to be uneasy
These are all very common fears and questions to have. However, what you should be asking yourself is “Will I be treated by a qualified and properly trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon?
And the next question you should ask yourself?
It’s this one, and it’s a very important one: “Does my surgeon have a 3D scan of my jaw?”
CBCT to the rescue
The 3D scan—actually called the Cone Bean Computed Tomography (CBCT)—of the jaw allows the surgeon to see exactly what needs to be done. It shows where the tooth is in relation to bone and nerves in tremendous detail, which allows for the proper planning prior to any oral intervention.
When it comes to dental implant work, the CBCT scan allows oral surgeons to see the surrounding tissues. This way the implant is placed in a correct—and predictable—manner, strongly minimizing the risk of mistakes.
Without this technology, dentists or surgeons may not get to see the whole picture. They are, in a manner of speaking, “going in blind,” not knowing where they will be incising or placing said implant.
Now that you know how the CBCT 3D technology works, and why it’s so important for oral interventions, it should be no surprise that it’s becoming the gold standard of endodontic care.
CBCT at Advanced Dental Arts
We use CBCT technology (specifically, we use the Vatech PaX-i3D) to efficiently place implants, extract teeth, identify pathologies, and, among other tasks, as an aid in root canal treatment.
The use of this 3D scanning technology is of tremendous value, and it makes for the safest and most comfortable experience possible.
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