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What is a Cone Beam 3D?

Filed under: Dental Technology Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am

Today’s advanced technology means that the dental field has flourished due to the modern machinery that has been invented and perfected in recent years. Here at Cornerstone Dental Arts, we make the most of this new technology, especially when we know it will benefit our patients and make their visits more complete. This is why we use the Cone Beam 3D at Cornerstone Dental Arts.

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One of the high-tech devices we have in the office is the Sirona 3D Cone Beam. The level of precision this 3D scanner can capture is truly remarkable. The machine is revolutionary in the way it can obtain amazingly accurate images of your teeth and surrounding structures in just minutes, while you sit there still with no discomfort to speak of during the process. The machine may look daunting due to its size, but rest assured, it is perfectly designed to collect the needed images without invading your space. It is fast, futuristic, and makes dental appointments more accurate than ever before.

Here is more information about the 3D Cone Beam and why we use it. It is just another way we provide our patients with the latest and greatest technology out there. 

Will You Use the Cone Beam 3D During My Dental Exam?

Not everyone will require the use of the Cone Beam 3D. We certainly do not use them during every dental exam or appointment. We use the Cone Beam 3D for special and specific reasons that require a closer view of the mouth, in three dimensions for superior clarity. Not every appointment requires such a view, such as a general cleaning, whitening, or when we are filling a cavity. If we do believe that using the Cone Beam 3D will give us greater insight into an issue you are dealing with, we then will utilize the device for its power and precise results. Like any other procedure done at Cornerstone Dental Arts, we will let you know what we are doing every step of the way; there are no surprises when you are with us.

What Are Some Reasons You May Use This Technology?

You have surely had “regular” X-rays taken at Cornerstone Dental Arts or at another dental practice you have visited in the past. These days, the results are more accurate than ever, surpassing what at one point we couldn’t have imagined could be possible. Now, with 3D imaging, the images are even more impressive, with a 3D view of the teeth, bones, soft tissues, and other oral structures. When you are suffering from a dental issue that requires a deeper look, or we need to be particularly careful before beginning a procedure or surgery, we will make use of the Cone Beam 3D to get a different and more detailed view of the oral area. Here are some reasons a 3D image is advisable:

  • Root canal – before going through with this procedure, we will have a better look beneath the surface at your nerves and other structures. A 3D image may even alert us that a root canal isn’t needed after all – a relief to you, for sure!
  • Dental implant placement – we can see beneath the gums, into the jaw, etc. so we can implant the restorative dental appliance as precisely and comfortably as possible. 
  • Removal of molars and other tooth extractions – a good look at what is going on gives us a clearer idea of how this procedure will go.
  • TMJ and other jaw conditions – if you believe you are suffering from TMJ, perhaps due to repetitive and ongoing clenching, a 3D scan can see if any damage has been done and how we can reverse, repair, or otherwise treat you. 
  • Breaks and fractures to the teeth or jaw bones – some issues can be minute, so this scan allows us to see every possible angle and plan treatment at once. We certainly do not want a break to worsen, compromising the structure within your mouth.
  • Pain – you may be experiencing oral pain and we cannot figure out why you are suffering. With the Cone Beam 3D, we may find the answer we have been searching for, something a traditional X-ray (and certainly the naked eye) may have missed. 

Exposure to radiation from this machine is low, so there is no need to worry when we use it. Plus, your need for a Cone Beam 3D image will be limited, so it certainly won’t be a common part of your dental appointments. 

If you have questions or concerns about the Cone Beam 3D, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (865) 531-7117. Of course, before we sit you down in front of the machine, we will fully detail what the process will be like. And remember, it is quite quick, so the whole thing will go by in a flash. That is possibly the most amazing part – something so snappy delivers results that are so sharp.

We look forward to seeing you soon at Cornerstone Dental Arts…perhaps in 3D!

What’s So Special About Intraoral Cameras?

Filed under: Dental Technology Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am

Getting up close and personal makes your dental exam even more accurate. And the naked eye just can’t see everything that there is to see, no matter how well your dentist passes their eye exam test. It is a fact of life that humans have their limitations, and no matter how precise we strive to be, there will always be the understanding that human eyes will not be able to see it all. Intraoral cameras are designed to help combat this issue.

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Before high-tech devices came into the picture, this concept was universally accepted and well understood. After all, what else could a dentist do with the tools they had? But now, intraoral cameras are changing the game. By being able to selectively scope out those areas that could not be seen well enough before with the naked eye, intraoral cameras are like a second set of eyes – but these can really get deep into the grooves, nooks, crannies, and more, giving dentists a closer view of what is going on in your mouth.

Here is some more valuable information about these special cameras and what you can expect when we use one during your next dental exam at Cornerstone Dental Arts. Intraoral cameras are changing the way we examine your teeth, now better than ever with modern advancements that are aiding dentists dramatically. 

Is the Intraoral Camera Going to Be Uncomfortable While Being Used?

Because the intraoral camera is so small in size, it will not be bothersome at all. The camera portion is at the tip of the wand, so we can direct it towards the areas of the mouth that we need to get a closer look at. The entire device is about the size of an electric toothbrush. If you do not find those to be uncomfortable while using, then you will not find the intraoral camera to be uncomfortable either. 

What Makes Intraoral Cameras So Efficient?

The intraoral camera captures high-resolution images of your teeth and gums as well as other areas of the mouth. These images are clear and well-defined, allowing us to see the specifics of every section. And we do not have to wait for the images to appear; everything is readily available in real time and neatly displayed on a convenient monitor right beside your chair. With less waiting, we can assess any dental issues you may be experiencing and get to a treatment plan right away. Additionally, since the monitor is right there in the office, you can view right along with the dentist and see exactly what they are seeing. You can ask questions along the way, voice your concerns, and better understand the diagnosis and outlook. With this type of transparency, another layer of trust in your dentist is achievable. Nothing is done behind the scenes to give you any doubts or concerns. We can also save all of the images taken by the intraoral camera to your file and add to your dental records to reflect back on exam after exam to note any changes or to keep tabs on an issue that has the potential to worsen if left unchecked or untreated.

Will You Use an Intraoral Camera for Every Dental Appointment?

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Depending upon the reason for your dental visit, we will determine if the use of an intraoral camera is necessary on a case by case basis. Most general dental exams will benefit from using the intraoral camera, and whenever we need a clearer view of a tooth or another area of the mouth, we may utilize the intraoral camera for its precision. It is safe to use, so we make the most of it when required. We will let you know if we intend to use the intraoral camera during your appointment…no surprises. 

Remember, every dental appointment at Cornerstone Dental Arts is geared towards making you feel completely comfortable and well taken care of by our staff. We are here to answer your questions about intraoral cameras, our other in-office tools and technology, or anything else that may be of concern to you. With new and exciting devices and advancements steadily improving the dental field, there is always something sophisticated being used during your dental visits. If you have never experienced an intraoral camera before, prepare yourself for a more modernized dental appointment with results you can rely on. No pain, more precision, and an all-around more perfect appointment. 

Are you due for a checkup? Now that you know more about intraoral cameras, expect an even greater level of excellence during your next dental examination. Check with the front desk if it is time for you to see us again. Give us a call at (865) 531-7117. We look forward to seeing you…and your teeth and gums with more precision than ever before thanks to the intraoral camera!