Accurate Implant Placement with 3D Cone Beam Scanning Technology
Placing dental implants requires tremendous precision to ensure the most durable and secure foundation possible for your restoration. With 3D cone beam scanning technology, Dr. Ernest Robertson can create in-depth, 3D views of a patient's entire facial structure as part of the planning phase of implant dentistry. These images aid Dr. Robertson in evaluating your jawbone health and determining the optimal locations in your jaw to place your implants. This improves your chance of a successful implant procedure.
What Is 3D Cone Beam Scanning?
3D cone beam scanning is a tool used to produce panoramic 3D images of the teeth, jaw bone, and surrounding structures. The device is mounted on a rotating arm. Once images have been taken and compiled into 3D structures, they can be examined from multiple angles and magnified with computer software. Whereas conventional x-rays display just the teeth, 3D cone beam scans display:
- Other oral tissues
This comprehensive model allows Dr. Robertson to view the patient's unique anatomy and get a better understanding of his or her oral health.
The 3D cone beam scan process is simple:
- While you sit in an exam chair, the scanner rotates around you in a full circle, taking hundreds of shots.
- Computer software compiles these 2D images to create a 3D model.
- Dr. Robertson can then immediately access and examine these compiled shots to determine the best approach to treatment.
Though similar to traditional CT scan technology, the 3D cone beam scanner produces less radiation and uses a flexible design that lends itself to dental applications.
The Benefits of Cone Beam Technology
The highly detailed 3D images produced by cone beam technology enable Dr. Robertson to more accurately evaluate your bone health and determine your candidacy for dental implants. Placing implants in patients with inadequate jaw bone density can increase the risk of complications and even lead to implant failure. Prior to the implantation procedure, the images provide Dr. Robertson with important reference points to determine whether bone grafting is necessary, as well as the optimal position for the implants to be placed in the jaw.
How This Technology Sets Us Apart
Dr. Robertson incorporates advanced tools to enhance every aspect of our treatment, from planning to recovery. As one of a select few practices in the country with a 3D cone beam scanner in-office, the Harlem Center for Aesthetic Dentistry offers patients a unique scope of care. Since we are able to create these scans right in our office, patients can avoid the inconvenience of scheduling additional visits to outside facilities.
Reach Out Today
Here at the Harlem Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, we strive to provide the best, most comprehensive care available. If you are considering dental implants and would like to know more about how 3D cone beam scanning can increase your chance of success, contact our implant dentistry today to schedule an appointment.