Cone Beam CT Technology
One of the most important and exciting developments in dental diagnostic technology over the past 10 years, has been the introduction of 3D dental imaging.
When treating patients, 3D dentistry gives dentists a far superior view of what they are diagnosing and allows them to effectively decide the next step towards better treatment and therapy options. Our dentists use a cone-beam computed tomography machine that provide a 3-dimensional interpretation of a patient’s mouth compared to the traditional 2D views, with conventional x-rays.
- More Proficient… It allows the dentist to see the entire mouth and look at sagittal views of the bone.
- More Precise…It gives a meticulous view of how teeth align and where they sit in relation to each other.
- More In-Depth than Traditional Views…It provides greater detail and allows the dentist to visualise the mouth in its entirety. Enables the dentist to plan what needs to be improved or where the best bone is for implant positioning, with the most successful outcomes.
A panoramic x-ray, also known as a panorex or simply an OPG, is a two-dimensional (2-D) dental x-ray that captures a full view of the entire mouth in a single image. This includes the upper and lower jaws, teeth, temporomandibular joints (TMJs), sinuses and the surrounding structures and tissues.
These films have several uses. They are versatile and used regularly for orthodontic assessments, diagnosis of wisdom teeth impaction, advanced periodontal disease, assessment of the jaw joint, as well as for detecting signs of oral cancer.
- Assess patients with an extreme gag reflex.
- Evaluate the progression of TMJ.
- Expose cysts and abnormalities.
- Expose impacted teeth.
- Expose jawbone fractures.
- Plan treatment (full and partial dentures, braces and implants).
- Reveal gum disease and cavities.
A cephalometric x-ray, which is also sometimes referred to simply as a Ceph, is a diagnostic radiograph used primarily for orthodontic treatment planning. It is a unique tool, which enables the dentist to capture a complete radiographic image of the side profile of the face. It is taken during the initial orthodontic records appointment. Having a cephalometric x-ray taken is very similar to having a panoramic x-ray taken.
Like other types of cephalometric x-rays, the lateral cephalometric x-ray is very helpful in dental and orthodontic treatment planning. It can be used in many stages of treatment to determine what is the next best stage.
- Provides views of the side profile of the face.
- Provides views of the jaw in relation to the cheekbone.
- Provides information about “bad bites” or malocclusions.
- Allows measurement of the teeth.
- Identifies fractures and other injuries to the teeth and jawbone.
- Assists in orthodontic planning.