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When to Use 3D Imaging from a Dental Cone Beam System

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Over two decades ago, 3D imaging through dental cone beam marked a pivotal shift in diagnostic and treatment planning strategies within dentistry. Dental cone beam computed tomography, or CBCT technology, offers detailed images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths, and bone in a single scan, providing a comprehensive view that is not possible with traditional 2D radiography.

However, knowing when to leverage dental cone beam CT 3D imaging is critical, as its application should be justified by the patient’s specific needs and the potential impact on treatment outcomes.

Today, we’re exploring common applications in which the use of 3D imaging from dental CBCT is most beneficial.

When to Utilize Dental CBCT

Implant Planning and Placement: The image quality and precision of CBCT imaging is invaluable for implant dentistry. It provides detailed information on bone quality and quantity, vital for assessing the feasibility of implant placement and planning the surgery. CBCT helps in identifying the exact location for implant placement, avoiding critical structures such as nerves and sinuses, and thus significantly increasing the success rate of dental implants.

Orthodontics: In orthodontics, CBCT imaging is instrumental in diagnosing complex cases, such as impacted teeth, assessing bone structures, and planning orthognathic surgery. It offers a clear view of the skeletal and dental relationships, aiding in creating more accurate and effective treatment plans.

Endodontics: CBCT technology shines in endodontics by providing detailed images of the root structures, canals, and surrounding bone. It is particularly useful in cases of complex root canal anatomy, diagnosis of root fractures, and assessing the extent of periapical infections. CBCT can guide endodontic surgery and treatments that require precise visualization of the root’s interior anatomy.

Periodontics: For periodontal disease management, dental cone beam imaging helps in assessing bone loss, detecting defects, and planning regenerative procedures. It provides critical insights that are not available through traditional imaging, aiding in the comprehensive management of periodontal conditions.

TMJ Analysis: CBCT scans offer detailed views of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) structures, which are essential for diagnosing TMJ disorders. It allows for the examination of the bones and joint spaces, contributing to a more accurate diagnosis and treatment approach.

Oral Surgery: In oral surgery, CBCT imaging is used for planning extractions, especially of impacted teeth, evaluating cysts and tumors, and planning reconstructive surgeries. The 3D imaging facilitates the precise localization of lesions and enables advanced surgical planning approaches with minimal complications.

Getting Started with Dental Cone Beam?

For over 10 years, Renew Digital has been the leader in certified pre-owned dental imaging equipment. They’ve helped thousands of dentists save 30-50% off new list prices on dental CBCT. Their inventory includes a wide range of pan, pan/ceph systems, as well as CBCT and intraoral scanners, all from the leading brands dentists trust – including Sirona, Planmeca, Carestream, i-CAT/DEXIS, Vatech and many more.

They back the quality of your pre-owned equipment through a rigorous system of testing and inspection, and then give peace of mind with a comprehensive warranty on parts and labor so you can be sure the equipment they install will work safely and effectively for many years to come. Renew Digital also provides full-service installation and training and project management services, just as you would receive if you purchased a new machine.

Reach a dedicated sales rep by calling Renew Digital at (888) 246-5611 or completing an online form. Your rep will work with you to determine how your equipment will be used, where it will be placed, and match you to the brands and models most likely to work within your configuration

(including considerations like network/electrical as well). From purchase through installation, they’ll provide you with 5-star rated customer service.

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