For many years, dental professionals have relied on intraoral radiography, panoramic radiography, and conventional tomography for diagnosis and treatment planning. These commonly used imaging modalities produce only two-dimensional and/or distorted images with superimposition of structures outside the area of interest. There has always been a need for three-dimensional (3-D) imaging, but the technology has only recently become readily available. Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) uses a cone-shaped beam and digital processing to reconstruct a virtually distortion-free 3-D image using a single rotation in a sitting/standing position, similar to that of a panoramic radiograph. Kavo CBCT scanners are compact in size, capable of producing high-resolution 3-D imaging of hard tissues, and are compatible with computer-aided imaging software for improved diagnosis and treatment planning.
• Implant planning and site development
• Extractions — helps determine location of nerves, sinus, and roots
• Orthodontia — jaw symmetry, configuration of roots, impacted canines
• Maxillofacial — orthognathic surgery, fractures, jaw pathology
• Periodontics — sinus augmentation, advanced grafting procedures, periodontal defects
• Endodontics — canal measurements, additional canals, configuration of root canals
TMJ/TMD — detection of bony defects, asymmetry, spurs, condylar changes
• Imaging exposes patients to less radiation than traditional CT scans.
• The scan is fast and comfortable to the patient.
• Reduction in metal artifacts.
• One scan produces a volume of images that can be viewed and manipulated.
• Clinicians can illustrate recommended treatment plans to patients using 3-D software.
• No superimposition and minimal distortion.
• Allows clinician to visualize internal anatomy that cannot be diagnosed externally.
• Lower cost for patients when compared to traditional CT.
• Enhanced communication with patients and colleagues.
Please feel free to contact Aptos Dentists Drs. Jason and Allyson Drew at 831-688-6060 o to learn more about Kavo® Cone Beam 3D Imaging System.