The Blind Dentist – The CBCT Revolution

By Dr. Todd Bertman February 9, 2019 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Vatech's Pax-i3D CBCT scanner

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.

cbct scan showing implant

Bones, tissues, and nerves are clearly visible in CBCT scans. This 3D scan of the mouth and jaw allows for oral surgery work, such as implants, to be carried out with great precision.

 
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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Dr. Todd Bertman

Dr. Todd Bertman

Renowned NYC dentist Todd Bertman, DMD, has over 18 years of experience in the dental industry.In addition to membership in the American Dental Association, Dr. Bertman is also a member of the New York County Dental Association and the New York State Dental Association.He is certified as a Level I and II Invisalign practitioner, and belongs to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the World Clinical Laser Institute, and the IALD (Institute for Advanced Laser and Dentistry).Dr. Bertman is dedicated to learning about the latest advanced dental procedures and making them to his patients.

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