Dr. Anderson and our staff are always on the lookout for new dental technology to make our services more advanced and comfortable for you. With this in mind, our office now features a CBCT 3D Scanner. CBCT stands for cone beam computed tomography, which provides a special type of X-ray that gives Dr. Anderson a three-dimensional view of your teeth, gums, facial bones, and nerves. With this dental technology in Lovell, he is better able to plan procedures such as dental implants, root canals, and other specialized services.
The CBCT 3D Scanner rotates an X-ray beam in the shape of a cone around your head. From this one rotation, a large number of images, or views, are produced, providing clear and detailed images of your facial bones that Dr. Anderson can use to assess the bone density in your jaw, the positioning of your teeth, and the spatial relationship between your teeth, upper jaw, nasal cavities, and sinuses. Compared to other forms of X-ray, cone beam CT requires less radiation in order to create clear images.
Dr. Anderson and our staff plan a number of different dental treatments using our CBCT machine in Lovell. For example, the images can be used to plan for the placement of dental implant restorations; we use the scanner to find the optimal spots in your jawbone for the implants. Visualizing the extent of infection in a tooth is another critical way in which the CBCT machine can help Dr. Anderson plan a root canal procedure.
The CBCT 3D Scanner can also be used when treating a patient who presents symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. The scanner gives offers a 360-degree 3D view of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments involved in the proper function of this joint. With this view, your Lovell dentist can develop the appropriate treatment plan.
In addition to giving Dr. Anderson a clearer and more complete view, the CBCT 3D Scanner also: