What is a cone beam machine?
What do we use it for?
- Plan positioning of dental implants. With the 3D imaging, we are able to careful plan implant placement. We can position implants in the jaws with care so that the surrounding teeth are not damaged. We can place implants in the correct position so that we can avoid damage to the nerves and sinuses. The 3D image will also show us if there is enough bone to support the implant. This is critical, as the bone structure must be sound and well supported. This could be a crown, a bridge, a bar or a denture with implant attachments. We then superimpose scans or models of the patient on the cone beam image to design a surgical guide. These guides are used to place on the teeth and transfer the planned implant positioning from the computer, directly to the mouth during surgery. The surgical guide allows for greater accuracy when placing the implant into the patients’ jaw. Implants and any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Dr Brannon will discuss the risks of the procedure during your consultation as well as examine your health to ensure you are a suitable candidate for implants.
- Assess patient airways. A patient’s airways are integral to how they breath and swallow. This in turn has an effect on posture, mental development (IQ), malocclusion development and sleep apnoea or snoring issues. Sleep apnoea can be debilitating. It can cause accidents, such as falling asleep while driving and may significantly increase the risks of heart attack, stroke, cancer, and premature death. So, our cone beam machine can be a very useful tool to assess our patient’s airways. We can also use orthodontics to plan treatment for developing children and adults that suffer with snoring and/or sleep apnoea.
- Orthodontic planning. Orthophos SL cone beam CT unit also comes with the ability to take 2D panoramic and cephalometric radiographs for standard orthodontic planning. These images are of a high quality and are extremely accurate. The 3D imaging is also useful to locate impacted teeth so that we may then use orthodontics to bring the impacted teeth to the surface and align them with the rest of the teeth.
- Root canal treatment, bone infections, pathology. The 3D imagery is an invaluable tool to diagnose and to locate problems in the mouth. Whether it is locating a root canal in a tooth, or to gauge the location and size of an abscess in the bone, gum or tooth; it is an amazing tool that we use to plan our treatment more accurately. As the images are of such a high quality, we can also use the images to explain to you why we have chosen a particular treatment plan.
What is so special about the Orthophos SL Machine?
Dr Brannon has always been at the forefront of technology when it comes to dental equipment and practices and has in fact been using this technology for the past seven years with great success. We chose the Orthophos SL Machine as we were impressed with what it had to offer our patients.
- Clear and accurate images
- Low radiation exposure and dose reduction capability
- The large 3D volume of image enabling a better diagnosis
- Powerful software that has the ability to communicate with other dental programs allowing better treatment planning
- Patient friendly, with light changing capability options