October 25, 2017
Technology in the medical fields has improved dramatically over the past couple decades. Many new machines and devices give doctors more information about their patients and the issues they are dealing with on a regular basis. The more doctors can learn about their patients’ health, the more targeted their treatments can be.
This is no exception for dentists. Over the years, dentists are using highly-advanced technology to provide patients with the best quality care. An example of this technology is the cone beam scanner, which we’ll discuss in more detail inside.
What Is A Cone Beam Scanner?
A cone beam scanner or system is a large x-ray machine that uses cone beam computed topography (CBCT) to scan a patient’s entire jaw. This captures a clear, detailed, and three-dimensional image for the dentist to observe and share with their patients.
Cone beam scanners are typically used to identify problems patients are experiencing. This includes everything from tooth pain to infections patients may not have known about previously.
How Does It Work?
Cone beam scanners use a rotating scanner that collects 3D data. The scan only takes 14 seconds to complete and is used for many different purposes. It also emits less radiation because it relies on digital imaging; much less than a traditional x-ray machine. These images are then projected onto a large screen that can be viewed and manipulated by your dentist.
The Lincoln office uses the Orthophos XG 3D system to provide an exact picture of your entire mouth, giving dentists a clearer picture of your overall oral health and the best treatment options for your health issues.
How Can It Help Me?
3D imaging provides dentists with a far more detailed picture of your mouth than previous screening methods. The diagnostic capabilities dramatically exceed those of the traditional 2D method typically found in dentist offices across the country. Since these images are 3D, they can be rotated, enlarged, and highlighted as necessary to help dentists confirm the best treatment options.
Cone beam scanners are also useful for patients seeking dental implants. Using the built-in Galaxis software, dentists can pre-plan your dental surgery to make it easier and more effective.
Making complex procedures understandable has never been easier thanks to cone beam scanning technology. Schedule an appointment with your Lincoln dentist today to learn more!
About the Author
Dr. Craig P. Vacek earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and eventually his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Nebraska, Medical Center College of Dentistry. He participates hundreds of hours of continuing education each year, allowing him to explore the latest advancements in dental technology. This introduced him to the cone beam scanner that resides in his office today. To learn more about his practice, you can contact him at (402) 466-1914 or visit his website.
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