At Blue Sky Family Dentistry we believe that having accurate information is critical to achieving an accurate diagnosis and thus providing the best possible care. 3D x-rays, or CBCT images, are critical to achieving this goal.
So when should a CBCT be recommended? Dr. Corpron recommends a CBCT image under these circumstances:
- Root Canals
- Sleep apnea
- Dental Implants
- Wisdom tooth removal
For root canals, 3D x-rays make sure we don’t miss any hidden canals within the tooth which increases the chance for success. It also helps rule out fractured teeth which won’t respond well to root canal treatment.
Sleep apnea is interesting in that it can be caused by a wide variety of neurological and anatomical issues. In dentistry, the goal is to advance the airway to open it further which aids in nasal breathing which in turn helps alleviate the symptoms of many sleep apnea patients. A 3D x-ray is used to rule out other causes of sleep apnea before proceeding with oral appliance therapy.
Dental implants are a way to replace missing teeth. For implants, a CBCT scan is critical as it allows Dr. Corpron to evaluate the bone in all three dimensions which in turn allows for optimal treatment planning. It also allows for fabrication of a 3D surgical guide that can make the procedure virtually painless and almost error-free.
For both orthodontics and wisdom teeth, a 3D x-ray can be important if there are suspected anatomic limitations such as a root’s proximity to the buccal plate or a wisdom tooth’s location in relation to the maxillary sinus or inferior alveolar nerve.
Investing in the latest technology is important to us at Blue Sky Family Dentistry as it helps us provide you with the safest and most predictable dental care.