How Cone-Beam Imaging Can Improve Implant Success Rates
When it comes to oral diagnosis and treatment planning, a new machine is being used by many top dentists. The new technology is significantly improving outcomes for patients needing dental implants. According to Dr. Benjamin Wang of Centerport Family & Implant Dentistry, the cone-beam imaging machine is giving dentists an extremely accurate three-dimensional view of their patients’ jaws in a way that has never been seen before.
Located in Portland, OR, Dr. Wang is a dentist who is using the new cone-beam imagining machines to diagnose patients’ health, TMJ problems, sinus issues, and lesions in the jawbone. Even more importantly, Dr. Wang is using his cone-beam imagining machines to plan his dental implant placement procedures in a virtual setting before getting started in his patients’ jaws.
In the past, the most difficult part of placing dental implants was determining whether there was enough bone to support the implant itself. Traditional x-rays did little to help in this regard, since traditional two-dimensional x-rays are flat. While it may have appeared that a patient had enough bone to support an implant in his two-dimensional x-ray, says Dr. Wang, there used to be no way of knowing how thick the bone in question was without going inside for a look.
With cone-beam imaging, those questions are a thing of the past. Cone-beam imaging machines can take accurate, three-dimensional jaw scans that show everything from the sinus down. Using these images, a dentist in Portland, OR, can determine with certainty whether a patient has enough bone to support a dental implant.
Three-dimensional scans give dentists an unobstructed view inside a patient’s jaw, says Dr. Wang. This gives dentists a better idea of what they are working with before they actually go inside a patient’s mouth. The technology makes it easier to avoid major anatomical structures such as any nerves or the sinus.
Cone-beam imaging also makes it easier for a dentist to select the ideal implant size based on the space in a patient’s mouth before beginning any procedures. After taking a 3D imagine, a Portland dentist can then burn the data onto a CD and send it out to have a guided surgical index made. A guided surgical index, explains Wang, will help the dentist with the implant surgery by showing the precise location where a dental implant should be placed in the patient’s mouth.
Essentially, cone-beam images take the guesswork out of dental implant placements and improve the chances of a successful outcome for the patient involved.
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