Cone Beam, CT Scan, and 3-D Imaging Detail Your Oral Structures
To improve your oral health with accurate and predictably successful procedures, Dr. Renato Aves and our team first need to get a clear understanding of your teeth, gums, and jawbones. We use advanced technology to generate pictures of your mouth and diagnose conditions that require treatment. In some cases, a digital x-ray may be sufficient for this purpose, but more complex situations may require more sophisticated diagnostic testing. Dr. Aves frequently utilizes cone beam, CT scan, and 3-D imaging at our Tampa, FL practice to identify oral health issues and design appropriate treatment plans to address them. To learn more about our advanced imaging techniques or schedule a consultation with Dr. Aves, contact the Tampa Bay Institute of Oral Surgery and Dental Implants.
What is a CT Scan?
A CT (computed tomography) scan involves taking numerous, sequential x-rays of your mouth to create a panoramic image of your teeth, tissues, and bones. This diagnostic test can help Dr. Aves better understand your oral structures in their entirety.
What is Cone Beam Imaging?
Cone beam imaging is a more advanced version of CT scanning. This type of imaging passes a continuous stream of cone-shaped x-ray waves through your jaw to create a more detailed, precise image in mere minutes. Cone-beam generated images are also 3-D rather than two-dimensional, providing greater diagnostic information for Dr. Aves to use in treatment. Since it is so efficient, cone beam imaging also exposes you to less radiation than traditional CT scanning.
When Do We Use 3D Imaging?
3D imaging with cone beam scanning is a versatile diagnostic technology. Dr. Aves typically uses this form of imaging to diagnose:
- Bone loss, deterioration, or other irregularities
- Facial fractures
- Oral cancer or other abnormal growths
- Advanced periodontal infection and its resulting damage
- Oral nerve damage
We often utilize the information gathered from a cone beam 3D scan to perform:
- Tooth extractions
- Wisdom tooth removal
- Bone grafting procedures such as ridge augmentation or sinus lifts
- Standard or mini dental implant placement and restoration
Dr. Aves will perform a visual examination of your mouth, go over your medical records, and discuss your symptoms with you to determine if 3-D imaging may be useful in diagnosing your condition and planning your procedure.
Benefits of Cone Beam, CT Scan, and 3D Imaging
These state-of-the-art imaging systems provide numerous benefits for patients. These include:
- More precise surgical care with improved outcomes and lower risks for complications and side effects
- A shortened treatment time, since cone beam scans can be completed in just seconds
- Fewer radiation exposure risks than other methods
- Minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment planning
Get a Better Picture of Your Mouth
Dr. Aves and our team can use cone beam, CT scan, and 3-D imaging technologies to help you enjoy a healthier, more beautiful smile. Contact our Tampa, FL oral surgery office today to learn more about these diagnostic tools or schedule a consultation with Dr. Aves.