3-D X-Ray (Cone Beam Scan, CT Analysis)
A dental cone beam scan offers invaluable information when it comes to the assessment and planning of surgical implants. With a Cone Beam Scan, the machine takes up to 600 distinct images of the patient and compiles the images to generate a 3-D picture. A 3-D scan can detect where the alveolar nerve lies in the lower jaw. Being able to detect that nerve and measure where it is in the bone can save a patient from having nerve damage that can be permanent. Other valuable images the Cone Beam Scan provides are of the sinus anatomy. The sinus is a very delicate membrane sack that lies just above the molar teeth in the upper jaw. Infections can easily be transferred from a tooth to the sinus. Many people that experience tooth pain in the upper jaw complain of sinus pressure or draining. The Cone Beam Scan can accurately detect and measure the sinus and prevent a sinus exposure. When extracting and placing implants which is invaluable to the dentist and patient.