Cone Beam CT
Our practice utilizes state of the art, small volume cone beam CT (computed tomography) technology that provides highly accurate, 3-D radiographic images for the diagnosis, planning and treatment of endodontic disease. This allows three dimensional visualization of teeth, bone, sinuses and surrounding structures with minimal radiation to the patient, enabling a level of anatomical accuracy and patient care not possible with 2-D technologies (regular dental x-rays). With the addition of cone beam CT technology to our office, our practice is committed to providing innovative, high quality, patient care.
The Cone Beam Scanner (CBCT) creates a high quality, three dimensional image of a tooth or teeth and supporting structures, using low radiation exposure. This makes possible targeted, precise and effective treatment. The advanced technology of the Kodak 3D scanner generates a three dimensional image of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan. This is an extremely beneficial aid to our ability to deliver precisely targeted and effective treatment.
CBCT scans are only taken when necessary. The CBCT scanner provides a cost effective way to garner information about endodontic conditions that cannot be obtained using conventional, two-dimensional imagery. This allows Dr. Thomas to better detect, locate and treat endodontic conditions such as abscess formation, resorption and complex anatomy. Unlike a conventional dental x-ray, a CBCT scan can distinguish the differences among various tissues, such as bone, teeth, nerves and soft tissue.
Moreover, CBCT scans often provide information that helps unnecessary treatment to be avoided.
The introduction of the surgical microscope has revolutionized the field of Endodontic Microsurgery. We have invested in the very best quality surgical microscopes that provide unparalleled magnification and illumination for our surgical procedures. The microscope allows Dr. Thomas to locate the tooth’s canals and identify potential problems such as cracks or tooth defects that are not visible without magnification. The use of the microscope makes for a more precise, targeted and effective treatment. This allows for the conservation of tooth structure, which is key to long term tooth survival.