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Cone Beam: 3D Imaging for Dental Implants

Video: Why use a Cone Beam?

At University Periodontal Associates we are able to create a precise map of your mouth using 3D radiography. Until a few years ago, the presence of 3D radiography was relatively unknown and unused in dentistry, but increasingly, Specialists, including Dr. Dennison, are seeing the importance of this technology.

What is 3D Cone Beam Radiography?

3D Cone Beam Imaging offers Dr. Dennison much more information than he is able to get from a simple flat x-ray. This new technology provides us with a more complete visual map to create a plan for your situation from every angle. As a full mouth exposure, we receive a 3D digital dental x-ray of your entire oral cavity. This is ideal when placing single tooth implants, or plotting the placement of several implants for implant retained dentures, known as All on 4.

What information can be found through Cone Beam Radiography?

With a full digital x-ray of the entire oral cavity, Dr. Dennison is better able to create a plan, and meet the patient's needs. This is not limited to dental implants, the Cone Beam Radiography is used for diagnosis, to create a surgical plan, to create dental appliances, and more. He is able to gain the following information:
•  3D image of overall oral or facial characteristics, assisting in the diagnosis and placement of dental implants.
•  to observe the health of your bone, and its density.
•  to create a surgical guide for tooth implant placement.
•  3D observation of the inside pulp and root of your teeth for endodontic pathology, diagnosis and treatment.
•  view the health and positioning of impacted teeth.
•  identify the inferior alveolar nerve and mental foramen location.
•  identify the location of the maxillary sinus.
•  identify the presence of odontogenic lesions.
•  evaluate the damage done from impact trauma.
•  evaluate your temporomandibular joint, known as TMJ.
•  create prosthodontics and other orthodontic appliances with a CAD/CAM device.
•  identify conditions or diseases that may not normally be within the realm of dentistry, but that can be shown on typical cone beam images.

Additionally, the Cone Beam technology is so sensitive that it has the ability to detect even subtle variations in the patient's bone density, helping us predict the patient's future dental conditions and help determine the success of surgical procedures and the longevity of their restorative treatments.

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Questions About Cone Beam & Implants?

We are happy to further explain and answer your questions concerning Cone Beam Radiography. Call us today at our Houston office at (832) 975-0990.