X-Rays help the dentist see the jaw bone, the roots of the teeth, or teeth that have not yet erupted, as well as the contact areas between the teeth. In some cases, X-Rays can reveal a condition at an early stage, when it is easy to treat.
Some conditions X-Rays can help detect:
- Small areas of decay in the teeth or below fillings
- Bone diseases
- Abscesses or cysts
- Signs of periodontal (gum) disease
- Developmental and other defects
- Some types of tumors
- Positions of tooth roots and jaw bones
- Signs of trauma
The combination between 2D and 3D images allows the clinician to have the best information with minimal radiation dose. For example full mouth 3D image can be provided with 3/4 lesser radiation dose compared to other competitive machines.
CBCT is one of the most effective tools available for analyzing implant sites. 3D images facilitate various measurements such as height and width of the implant sites, mandibular edentulous site, a potential implant site near the mental foramen, width of the buccal lingual ridge and cortical bone dentisity. In addition, CBCT also influence the choice of the appropriate implant to be used.
These application fields need extremely high quality images in order to:
- Define the tooth structure
- Determine the exact pathology
- Determine accurate plan for perfect treatment
Sagittal and coronal views can be sectioned to show joint space and pathologies. 3D reconstruction can clearly provide detailed information of anatomy.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery
A 3D post-operative scan can show the exact individual anatomy and define the anatomical structures, bringing the patient to a better acceptance of the treatment. Scans are also useful for maxillofacial post-surgery imaging, due to reduced image scatter and lower radiation. Regardless of the number of fixing screws present, high resolution 3D images show that there are virtually no artifacts to obstruct the images.
Cephalometric radiographs are used for the relationship between the teeth, jawbone and soft tissue. The images obtained with a single shot are used to diagnose facial growth abnormalities, identify fractures and injuries to teeth and jawbone, provide information about malocclusions and mesure the teeth. The quality of the images obtained enables the specialist to plan a precise and safe orthodontic intervention. Also cephalometric analysis will be provided based on Steiner, Mcnamara, Jarabak, Richetts, Tweed, Kim, Burstone analysis and more.
Sinus X-Ray is ordered by the doctor when experiencing symptoms of sinus (air filled spaces) problems.
Carpus X-Ray (bone age)
Bone age study helps doctors estimate the maturity of a child's skeletal system.
Why We Take X-Ray?
- Look for decay between teeth. Sometimes it's not visible to the naked eye.
- Check for bone loss. An X-Ray will show the degree of bone loss associated with bone loss.
- Check for decay under fillings. An X-Ray is the only way to see this type of decay.
- Examine the area before procedures. Gives dentists a full view of teeth and bone.
CAD/CAM stands for Computer Aided Design/ Computer Aided Manufacturing. The computer program displays a 3-D custom images of teeth and gums, allowing dentists to precisely design the tooth restoration with functional and esthetic characteristics in mind. Once the restoration has been designed by the computer and cosmetic dentist, the information is sent to a sculpting machine (milling) which creates the restoration to the exact specifications of the design through CAM. There is no need for impression taking, temporaries or unnecessary reduction of healthy tooth structure. One of the most effective uses of CAD/CAM in dentistry is the same-day porcelain crown, which removes several steps, including using a temporary plastic crown while a permanent crown is made by a laboratory.
A sample of a CAD/CAM restoration:
Main advantages of CAD/CAM technology:
- Accuracy of shape prevents gapping between tooth crowns and surrounding teeth
- Immediate 3D images remove the need for taking time-consuming impressions of teeth
- Computer sculpting creates a much healthier restoration for the tooth in a matter of minutes
- Short sculpting time allows the dentist to place your dental restoration during the same visit, instead of requiring two visits
- CAD/CAM restorations are better-fitting, more durable and more natural looking (multi-colored and translucent, similar to natural teeth) than previously machined restorations