3D -CBCT scans gives an accurate placement of an implant.
What Is CBCT?
CBCT stands for “cone beam CT scan.” It combines a 3D mouth scanner with state-of-the-art translation software to generate a 3D image of your mouth. CBCT is a little bit like a traditional CT scan in that regard, but it protects your health by minimizing the amount of radiation you’re exposed to by 70%. Since too much radiation exposure can have side effects our goal is to reduce yours to levels that are “as low as reasonably achievable” without sacrificing the benefits of generating these highly precise images of your jaw bone and mouth structure.
Like having an X-ray, having a cone beam CT scan is completely painless. You simply sit down or stand up and the cone beam takes the scan.
What can 3D scans show dentists that 2D images can’t?
The CBCT scan provides us with a wealth of information that helps us do a better job of offering top-notch dental implants. Primarily, it tells us a great deal about the state of your bone at the site of the implant, including:
Precise bone dimension measurements.
Insight into the quality of the bone.
The existence of any abnormalities which might impact the dental implant procedure.
The placement of blood vessels and nerves.
The exact shape of the site where the implant will be placed.
This vital information takes the guesswork out of placing dental implants, which means the osseointegration process is far more likely to be successful. This scan also tells us if the patient needs other procedures before we proceed, such as bone grafts or healing caps that must be used when the bone is either too soft or too degraded to take the implant with ease.
What are the Benefits of CBCT Technology?
There are four major benefits to choosing a provider who is equipped to offer CBCT scans.
First, your dental implant procedure will be less invasive because your surgeon will have a complete picture of your mouth, which means it is far easier to place the implant. This means you get to enjoy a more rapid recovery. There’s less downtime and less pain to contend with.
There is also less risk. Any implant procedure places a dentist in the position of having to drill near blood vessels, nerves, and sinuses. Our task is to make sure we avoid these structures whenever possible. CBCT technology gives us the information we need to do just that.
You also spend less time under anesthesia. We can move a little faster because we know exactly where we’re going in your mouth.
You also get results that last longer and appear more natural. With CBCT technology, the implants can be placed in a way that makes them the next best thing to keeping your very own teeth.
These benefits are the reasons why CBCT technology is considered to be the new standard of care for dental implants. The “free hand” method just won’t cut it anymore.
Increased Accuracy = Lower Remakes
Intraoral scanning eliminates the mess and variability of traditional PVS/alginate impressions. Distortion, bubbles, tears and warping become non-factors. Digital impressions are not subject to environmental stresses like heat, humidity, and agitation. Shipping and packaging are eliminated as well. This leads to reduced remakes, lower cost and faster turnaround times.
Real Time Feedback for You and Your Patient
When we perform an intraoral scan, the digital impression populates on the chairside monitor in real time. This allows for immediate analysis of the quality of the digital impression and the opportunity to re-scan any areas of imperfection. You can even mark your margins as you go. Patients are spared the discomfort of trays and PVS/alginate. Instead they can relax and watch their impression show up on the monitor.
Instantly Connects with Our Dental Lab
Digital scans are sent immediately to the lab using the scanning software. No shipping or pick-up required. Many of the intraoral scanning systems are able to generate true color models. This means it can be much easier to accurately detect and capture tooth and gingiva shades and texture and communicate this information to the lab for a precise restoration. intraoral scanning gives your lab a clear and accurate representation of your patient’s teeth and gingiva. Your real time mark-ups on the digital impression provide a detailed prescription leading to the best possible restoration.