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For decades, dental x-rays have helped us accurately diagnose and treat a wide array of dental diseases and conditions. But even with recent advances in digital imaging, the traditional x-ray does have one drawback: its two-dimensional view doesn’t always provide the “big picture” that a three-dimensional viewpoint can provide.

But a new type of x-ray technology can do just that: known as cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), these machines record hundreds of digital images as a cone-shaped beam of x-ray energy is projected through a device that rotates around a person’s head. A computer then assembles the images into a single three-dimensional image that can be manipulated on screen to view from various angles. Not only does this provide greater context and detail, it does so with no more radiation exposure than a standard 20-film digital full-mouth x-ray series.

While CBCT hasn’t replaced the traditional x-ray, it’s making its mark in a number of specialized areas of dentistry. The following are just a few of the ways CBCT is improving both accuracy and treatment outcomes.

Orthodontics. CBCT can provide a much more detailed view of the entire jaw; this can help us determine the best locations for realigning teeth safely and effectively.

Dental Implants. With a CBCT scan we can precisely locate nerve canals, sinuses and adjacent teeth before implant surgery to locate the best position for the implant.

TMD Treatment. To help develop the best treatment approach for alleviating the pain and dysfunction of temporo-mandibular joint disease (TMD), a CBCT scan can provide us detailed information on how the disease is affecting a patient’s joints, teeth, sinuses and airway.

Impactions. An impacted tooth can exert damaging pressure against the roots of neighboring teeth. A CBCT scan allows us to observe the impacted tooth from various vantage points to determine the best treatment approach for neighboring teeth, nerve canals and sinuses.

If you would like more information on CBCT technology, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Getting the Full Picture With Cone Beam Dental Scans.”

By Atwal Dental Care
May 04, 2017
Category: Dental Care
Tags: X-rays   Exams   Cleanings  

Taking care of your children's teeth isn't just about supervising their brushing and flossing habits at home. Even the most diligent oral hygiene routine needs to be bolstered by regular trips to the dentist, and this is especially true for children. At Atwal Dental Care in North Syracuse, NY, Dr. Inderpreet Atwal and his staff believe in keeping their youngest patients' dental health on the right track by providing preventive care as part of their children's dentistry program.

What is preventive care?

Regular visits to your North Syracuse dentist will include several aspects of preventive care, all aimed at keeping your children's teeth and gums healthy and preparing them for a lifetime of good oral hygiene. Fluoride applications and dental sealants can prevent tooth decay, while cleanings, X-rays and exams can alert Dr. Atwal and his staff to any developing problems before they become difficult to treat. Anything that prevents your child from experiencing a dental emergency could be considered preventive.

Why is preventive care so important?

There are several reasons why your North Syracuse children's dentist recommends preventive care. First, a study by the CDC in 2009 found that parents who take advantage of the preventive care available from their dentist spend less money on dental procedures than those whose children don't see their dentist regularly. Keeping your child's baby teeth healthy is also directly related to how their permanent teeth will function, so establishing the importance of visiting a dentist is vital to the future of their dental health. Finally, your child can learn proper brushing and flossing practices directly from dental professionals, making the most of their dental care at home.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Atwal, your dentist in North Syracuse, NY, please contact our office today!