What is 3D Imaging In Dental Implantation?
Cone bean computed tomography (CBCT) 3D imaging is a major breakthrough in the field of dentistry with widespread uses in dental implantation, restoration, oral surgery, maxillofacial surgery, Temporomandibular joint and sinus disorders and orthodontics. High precision 3D images guide the dentists in terms of effective planning and treatment. It has totally re-defined the dentists’ approach towards treatment and rehabilitation.
Benifits of Using 3D Imaging
3-D imaging has also eliminated the hazards associated with previously used imaging techniques like X-rays and CT scans. Radiation exposure during 3-D imaging is far less as compared to X-rays and CT scans. The degree of radiation exposure with CBCT is roughly equal to a full month of radiation exposure with X-rays. Safety gear like thyroid shields can also be employed during the method. It is an affordable and cost effective method. The major benefit of 3-D imaging over traditional CT scan is time effectiveness. The whole CBCT scan takes merely 20 seconds. Complete scanning guides a dentist during dental implants to the point of precision helping him avoid nerve damage, sinus injuries etc. Implantologists get a complete 3-D scan of the bone which provides them with additional information and is not possible with 2-D imaging techniques.
3-D imaging also gives the implantologists the liberty to control the field of view (collimation) for studying bone anatomy in greater depth and detail. They can use it to study anatomical details like mandibular canal, submandibular fossa, incisive canal, maxillary sinus etc. They can choose the resolution as they deem appropriate, focus on their area of interest and get the images of pin point details at high resolution as per the needs of individual cases. The size, shape, dimensions and magnitude of bone can be studied precisely. It also benefits the patients in many ways. Besides being a comfortable method, it also eliminates the claustrophobic feeling that CT scans can cause in patients. The results can be obtained instantaneously, saving the time of patient as well as the clinicians.
CBCT 3-D imaging also helps the implantologists in determining the number and orientation of the dental implants that are needed. Apart from that, they also help in establishing whether the patient needs a bone graft. The need of sinus lift can also be ascertained. This 3-D technology has evolved to the point where an implant software can help you plan step-by-step procedure of implantation even before the implant is done. It guides the implantologists at each and every step, thereby reducing the risk of manual errors that may arise during the process.
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