CBCT (3D X-rays)

We’re excited to announce the addition of CBCT technology into our practice. CBCT, short for Cone Beam Computed Tomography, is a 3D X-ray that allows Dr. Smith to see dental anatomy from every angle.  We can now see and treat dental concerns far earlier than previously capable giving our patients far more optimal outcomes.  CBCT will drastically improve our patient’s care in the planning of Dental Implants, complex root canal treatment planning, diagnosis of cracked teeth, and TMJ pain.

Advantages of CBCT for Dental Implants

CBCT gives Dr. Smith an amazing advantage in planning and executing the placement of Dental Implants.  Before we would rely on a 2D X-ray to place a 3D object.  You can see how this would have many pitfalls even in the best clinicians hands.  Now we can take a quick scan of a patient, and precisely plan how much area we have to place the implant.  With this information we can now place the proper sized implant every time missing critical structures such as the maxillary sinus, or inferior alveolar nerve.  If minimal bone is available we can now use our 3D intra-oral scanner, and merge that with the CBCT to fabricate a surgical guide.  This guide allows us to place the implant in the exact spot we chose on the treatment plan.  This again allows for optimal outcomes placing implants in areas patients were previously told “would not be possible”.

Another advantage of CBCT technology is for complex root canal treatment planning.  Again, a quick scan allows Dr. Smith to see the number of roots, where canals are located, precisely measure the length of each root, and if the tooth already has a hairline crack in the root.  You’ll see much more success with the diagnosis of root canals using this technology, and avoidance of unnecessary root canals that would have previously been unsuccessfully treated.

TMJD, short for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, is a blanket term for disorders of the TMJ joint (see our educational video on TMJ). This can include issues with the bony structures of the jaw, and or ligaments within the joint.  A thorough exam by Dr. Smith can diagnose whether a CBCT will be helpful, but if it’s suspected any bony structures are deteriorating, Dr. Smith can take a CBCT to get a 3D X-ray of the joint to confirm and help treat our patient’s with TMJD.

Advanced CBCT dentistry for patients in Granbury

Are you wanting to take advantage of the latest and greatest in Dental care technology? We are looking forward to hearing from you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment or give us a call at (817) 573-2652