How Advanced Technology Improves Your Dental Care Experiences
The advancement of technology has improved our day-to-day lives in a variety of ways, including our experiences at the dentist. Advancements in dental technology have made oral health treatments more efficient and easier for both doctors and patients. That’s why at Lehigh Valley Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, Dr. Chaudhry provides CBCT (Cone Beam Computer Technology) scans to assist in creating custom treatment plans for patients based on their specific needs.
Discover how Dr. Chaudhry utilizes CBCT scans for specific oral health procedures below.
What Is a CBCT Scan?
CBCT (cone beam computed technology) is an imaging technology that allows doctors to evaluate the underlying bone structure, as well as the nerve pathways and surrounding soft tissues. These scans are extremely accurate and highly detailed, allowing Dr. Chaudhry to create a treatment plan that’s completely customized to your individual needs.
During a CBCT scan, the imaging machine rotates around the patient’s head, and in less than one minute, we receive about 150 to 200 images from a variety of angles that complies one single 3D image.
When We Use CBCT Scans
Dr. Chaudhry utilizes CBCT scans for a variety of dental treatments.
The placement of dental implants is crucial to their overall success. The virtual model that Dr. Chaudhry creates with your CBCT scans identifies the densest areas of your jawbone and allows him to note any potential issues that could interfere with placing your implant.
Traditional X-Rays were used in the past, but the value they provide is limited. Thanks to CBCT scans, Dr. Chaudhry can place your implants with unmatched confidence and precision.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
To successfully and safely remove wisdom teeth, detailed images need to be taken. Sometimes, wisdom teeth become impacted, meaning they can be positioned against sensitive nerves or other teeth. By obtaining CBCT scans with a highly detailed look at your teeth, mouth, and jaw, Dr. Chaudhry can ensure a safe and pain-free extraction.
Your face and jawbone are full of sensitive nerve endings and it’s vital that these nerves aren’t damaged in any way during procedures. Before surgeries such as dental implant placement or wisdom teeth removal, Dr. Chaudhry will use the CBCT scanner to identify the location of all the nerves in your mouth. This allows him to avoid these areas during procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can CBCT scans detect?
Thanks to advancements in technology, CBCT scans can detect the following dental conditions:
- Tooth Decay
- Bone Loss
- Abnormal Growths
- Facial Fractures
- Periodontal Infections
- Irregularities of the Temporomandibular Joint
- Problems With the Tooth Root
- Problems With Dental Pulp
How are CBCT scans performed?
CBCT scans are simple and quick to perform. During the scans, patients will sit in a designated seat. As the patient sits still, the cone beams take hundreds of images, which allows it to create one precise 3D image of the inner mechanisms of the jaw and face. This allows Dr. Chaudhry to zoom in on specific areas and view them from multiple angles.
Precise Treatment With CBCT Scans
In addition to helping Dr. Chaudhry provide safer and more effective treatment, our CBCT scanner can give you added confidence in your treatment. Dr. Chaudhry will show you exactly what he’s seeing on the monitor and point out any noteworthy issues. This allows you to be fully educated going into your procedure and trust Dr. Chaudhry with your smile.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chaudhry, all our Bethlehem office at (484)-821-1357 or our Stroudsburg office at (484)-821-1357. You can also reach out by filling out our online contact form.
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