How CT Scans Make Diagnosis Easier
In the past, digital x-rays were thought to be the hippest thing in the dental practice. Only a few dentists could boast about this “new-fangled” technology. However, the 3D CT scan is now replacing 2D technology, as it provides a clearer and better look of the oral cavity.
Dr. Hauser Ups the Ante
Dr. Hauser’s practice continually focuses on evolving technology. This is to ensure the safety and comfort of each patient he treats. This is why he remains one of the most popular dentists in the Inland Empire of Riverside County, California.
Naturally, when 3D technology came knocking, he decided to do as much research as he could to ensure this would be better than 2D digital imaging, which was once the norm. Once he discovered it would help him make a more precise diagnosis and was healthier for patients, he decided to invest in this advanced dental technology.
If a picture can tell you a lot about the oral cavity, wouldn’t you learn so much more if you could enjoy a virtual tour? This is the main reason why 3D imaging plays an important role in dentistry. This technology allows dentists to take an important virtual tour that will help them create the most precise treatment plan.
CBCT, or cone beam computed tomography, is the latest type of CAT scan. The cone beam makes use of digital geometry and is able to generate a 3D image based on a series of 2D images. This is done by a process known as layering, wherein the CBCT scanner builds up the data from all the images, providing the dentist with a view from all sides.
3D Improves Patient Diagnosis and Treatment
Dr. Hauser uses this technology in all aspects of the dental practice. It provides him with the ability to view the facial skeleton, jaws and teeth very clearly. Here are some ways this revolutionizes each dental subspecialty.
- Pediatric Dentistry
This allows Dr. Hauser to monitor the facial skeletal, teeth and jaws of children, making it easier to identify probable eruption problems and intercept them earlier.
- Cosmetic Dentistry/Prosthodontics
Tooth replacement therapy cannot be done without the help of 3D imaging, as the dentist must understand the patient’s bite before he can make and place custom dentures. This technology also plays a vital role in implant surgery.
Root canal therapy is made easier with the help of a 3D CT scan. It provides the dentist with a view of all the canals, making it easier to rid the pulp chamber of infected tissue. This lessens the risk of secondary infection, as some canals can be hard to spot with a digital x-ray.
CBCT technology is superior to the 2D panoramic x-ray, since it allows Dr. Hauser to check if the patient has skeletal or TMJ problems that may contribute to malocclusion.
If you would like to learn more about 3D CT scans from an expert, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hauser today. You can do so by going online anytime or calling Lakefront Family Dentistry at (951) 244-9495.