Chesapeake oral and maxillofacial surgeon explains how 3D x-rays provide surgeons with a roadmap for surgery that leads to advanced patient care.
In my practice, we use state of the art three-dimensional cone beam technology that allows us to provide very accurate three-dimensional images of the facial bones and the facial structures. This technology allows us to use these images for diagnosis and planning and treatment of dental implants, temporomandibular joint analysis, orthognathic surgery and many other dental procedures. These three-dimensional images provide us with extremely accurate images of the anatomy and facilitate advanced patient care that is not possible just with conventional x-rays.
With the advanced cone beam technology we have in our office, we are able to look closely at the facial structures and the facial bones in three dimensions. With the old-fashioned two-dimensional technologies, you cannot really see or evaluate the true anatomy of the bone.
For example, with regard to dental implants, the 3D x-ray technology allows us to locate certain anatomic structures such as the mandibular canal and the maxillary sinuses. It shows us the shape and size of the dental ridges, including the quality and quantity of bone. It helps us decide if we need bone grafting or a sinus lift procedure. It also allows us to use certain dental implants planning software in conjunction with these 3D x-ray images to help plan complex cases.
When I am extracting impacted third molars, these digital images show the relationship of the mandibular canal to the root to the third molars, and therefore I can avoid any nerve damage.
We are able to also localize any types of impacted teeth, including impacted canine teeth, and we also use the technology with our corrective jaw surgery planning.
With regards to pathology, it allows us to locate lesions in the jaws and review findings in three dimensions and see the relationship of these lesions to teeth and other structures in the jaw.
Dr. Leonard Spector