Whilst 2D X-rays are still used as a first line diagnosis tool, there are situations where having 3D technology is not only useful, it is fast becoming the new standard of care in the modern world.
Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT) 3D X-rays allow us to view bone, teeth and the spaces between them in a level of detail that has never been available before. As one of core principles of quality health care, correct diagnosis is the key to quality treatment; we cannot treat what we can’t see.
3D X-rays allow us to diagnose difficult pain conditions, better detect bone and oral tumours, see the structure of a tooth’s root system before even touching a dental drill, and plan implants to one-tenths of a millimeter accuracy.
CBCT can be used for:
- planning of surgery for removal of impacted teeth
- diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
- improved accuracy in placement of dental implants
- evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals and nasal cavity
- detection, measurement and treatment of bone tumors
- determining tooth orientation and bone structure, especially the quality of bone support around teeth
- locating the origin of pain or pathology
- cephalometric analysis for growth issues.
The Soredex Cranex 3Dx machine allows us to use mini-dose technology, taking images of only what is required down to an area as small as 5cmx5cm, which decreases the radiation exposure to patients and ensures that we only image the areas that are required.
At Compass Dental Care, we lead the way in technology for diagnosis and treatment planning.