3D Conebeam CBCT Scan (X-Ray) for Ultimate Diagnostics, Identifying Infections & Surgery Planning
What do the best dentists in the country use 3D Digital Imaging? The 3-D images allow holistic dentists, oral disease specialists and advanced dental implant specialists to collect the needed and highly valuable diagnostic information used to plan and deliver dental diagnosis and dental surgery. Less than 5% of the dentists in the USA have 3D Conebeam Digital imaging available in their office, and mostly outsource the diagnostics to mobile imaging centers or oral surgery specialists. Important to Note: Endodontists DO NOT take full 3D CBCT scans, they are typically single tooth images and have no diagnostic value to holistic dentists or dental implant specialists like Dr. May. Natural Dentistry has the latest Conebeam 3D CBCT scan that not only provides full sinus, airway, TMJ and double jaw analysis but also is the only ultra low dose technology found in 3D Conebeam market. Less than 1% of all dentists in the USA have the Plan Meca Ultra-Low Dose 3D Imagining high-tech equipment that was specifically purchased for its high-quality scans with decreased radiation exposure to patients.
Do 3D Conebeam Scans identifies root canal infections? Yes, a 3D Dental Jaw Scan is one of the only tools to see a root canal infection that is just starting or has been small and unable to be identified by a typical dental xray.
Can 3D CBCT Scan diagnose dental cavitations? Yes, the Dental CBCT scan is the only diagnostic method to be able to identify dental cavitation infections in the jaw otherwise also diagnosed as fatty degenerative osteonecrosis (“FDOJ”) or Ischemic Bone Disease (“IBD”). A 3D CBCT scan used by holistic dentists is the standard of care and the only dependable diagnostic tool to diagnose bone abnormalities in the jaw bone. Regular 2D Panoramic imaging or regular Xrays cannot display or show dental cavitation abnormalities.
Do I need a Conebeam Scan for Dental Implants? Yes, absolutely. If you see a dentist who is willing to place dental implants without a 3D Scan (whether only based on an x-ray or a 2D pano) RUN don’t walk away from that office. If they don’t use a 3D Scan, they can’t see where your nerves are potentially placing the implants right into the nerve or right on top of the nerve and causing debilitating parasthesia. If a dentist doesn’t use a Conebeam they cannot see how close to the nerve the tooth that needs to be extracted is and therefore cause nerve damage with a simple extraction. If a dentist doesn’t use a CBCT Scan to treatment plant the surgery placement of the dental implant, he could place the dental implant in a poor position or too close to a natural tooth, causing the natural tooth to die and the implant to fail. The entire purpose of using a CBCT scan is its SAFER, and creates predictable clinical results increasing rates of success of the surgery and drastically decreasing complications. DO NOT listen to a dentist that tells you they have been placing implants and pulling teeth for 30 years without any 3D CBCT scan (they simply don’t know how to interpret the 3D scans, are stuck in their outdated ways and don’t want to (or can’t afford to) invest $100,000+ on cutting edge equipment.)
Should I be worried about the 3D CBCT Conebeam Scan’s radiation? Is the Dental CT scan like a hospital CT Scan? No, you should NOT be worried. The amount of exposure a Dental CBCT scan exposes a patient to is less than 90% of a hospital-based CAT scan and 70% less than a regular chest x-ray done in the hospital. The exposure level is slightly more than 4 bitewings, or equivalent to all school full mouth series Xrays (which our office does not support and does not take – they are needless exposure and radiation for the patient!) Even more good news for you is our scans are on average 10 seconds, not require a lead apron or any protective gear, do not throw off scatter radiation and do not require a separate or sealed space separated from our Natural Dentistry teammates – that’s how safe the 3D CBCT Ultra-Low Dose scan is! Less than 1% of all dentist in the USA have Ultra-Low Dose 3D Imagine high tech equipment like Natural Dentistry – patients from all over the country fly to our office specifically for 2nd and 3rd opinions to have the 3D Conebeam scan done by Dr. May and interpreted by Dr. May at Natural Dentistry. Bottom line is this, “Why would anyone take a 2D image with this amount of exposure when they can get a 3D image with excellent diagnostic quality at an ultra-low dose of radiation?”
More Details (if you want to Nerd Out!) On the 3D CBCT Conebeam Scan officially known as Conebeam Computerized Topogramy (hence the “CBCT” abbreviation)
The 3D CT Scan system offers active sagittal, coronal, and axial viewing and manipulation. It enhances diagnosis and treatment planning by providing more accurate imaging. Using the 3-D mapping tool, Dr. May can easily format and select desired slices for immediate viewing, diagnostics and analysis. 3D Digital Cone Beam imaging delivers quicker and easier image acquisition a typical scan takes only 20 seconds, further reducing prolonged exposure even to the low dose radiation technology.
Dr. Yuriy May uses Low Dose Radiation 3D Digital Diagnostic CBCT (Conebeam) Scans to:
- Diagnose Infections
- Tooth & Root Infections
- Root Canal Infections
- Bone Infections
- Tissue Infections
- Cavitation Infections
- Advanced Dental Implant Diagnostic & Analysis
- Bone Level Diagnostics
- Bone Grafting Determination
- Dental Implant Assessment
- Dental Implant Planning
- Dental Implant Placement Support
- Develop customized surgical guides for dental implant placement
- TMJ (Templar Mandibular Joint Disorder)
- Joint stress
- Bone fractures
- Bone joint angles & movement
- Functional Orthodontia
- Palate expansion assessment & Planning (ALF)
- Tooth & Root Angles for Complex Orthodantia Cases
- Mandible & Maxilla place analysis
- Smile Design, Full Mouth Reconstruction & Dental Facelift Planning
- Assess functionality of existing teeth
- Diagnose and plan full mouth rehabilitation cases
- Analyze and plan dental facelift procedures
- Develop full facial preview of smile design for patient approval
- Sleep Apnea & Breathing Tube Diagnosis
- Airflow analysis
- Tongue placement analysis
- Trachea & nasal airflow analysis
Why is the Low Dose Radiation 3D Digital Imagine CT/Conebeam Scan better than traditional 3D and 2D CT scans?
- Offers advanced 3D imaging within the practice
- Allows doctors to visualize anatomy that can not be diagnosed externally or in 2-dimensional images
- Safer – delivers less radiation to the patient than traditional CT scans; AMA ALARA compliant
- Open stand-up environment ensures patient comfort (not a closed laydown MRI style machine)
- Thorough diagnostic information (optimum view of the critical anatomy of all oral and maxillofacial structures)
- More precise treatment planning – confirm infections/disease process that necessitate treatment
- More predictable treatment outcomes and increases accuracy of diagnosis
- Reduces the length and cost of therapy
- Delivers quicker and easier image acquisition – scans takes only 20 seconds.
Our advanced 3D imaging equipment has a short image capture time and comfortable, open design. Scan images are ready for use in less than 3 minutes and can be placed on a USB drive, or printed in full color for patients and other dentists alike.
Our 3D CT Scan imaging device in our Connecticut dental office brings new possibilities for treatment planning and maximizes the safety of our imaging procedures. This unit complies with the best practices in dentistry by following the American Dental Association’s ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) radiation principle to minimize the effective dose to our patients. The unique features of this unit allow us to choose what area of the teeth and facial anatomy we need to capture, which significantly reduces any unnecessary exposure. Our staff can also adjust the unit’s settings, allowing us to capture only the details we need. We will be using this unit with state-of-the-art software applications for the best possible care, implant placement surgical guides, 3D smile design and using the latest technology to achieve optimal health and beauty for all patients.
New Digital 3D CT Scan (X-Ray) Uses Ultra-Low Dose Radiation
3D Digital Imaging for Advanced Dental Implant Placement & Smile Design in Connecticut
Natural Dentistry is one of only five dental private practices in Connecticut utilizing the brand new 2018 low-dose radiation digital 3D CBCT/CT scan equipment that not only takes incredible 3D images, but does it with an ultra-low dose radiation, the first of its kind, making it safe for children under 2 years of age and cancer patients. As of 2021, new updates to the software have allowed for more precise dental diagnosis and implant surgery planning.
Digital X-Rays Just Got Better: Better & Safer with Minimal Low-Dose Radiation Exposure
Minimizing radiation in the dental office has always been Dr. Yuriy May’s priority as New England’s Premier Holistic Dentist. In addition to Radiation Protocols that Dr. Yuriy May prescribes patients prior to necessary 3D CT Scans, in 2015 the office invested in the lowest radiation digital 3D technology available on the market. While Natural Dentistry has always employed the use of low-radiation digital x-rays, the new full head and neck digital 3D imagining equipment has taken Natural Dentistry to the safest and lowest radiation levels of any dental office in Connecticut, allowing Dr. May to minimize the amount of radiation exposure for all patients down the lowest amount of any 3D scan on the medical market.
Digital 3D x-ray scans for Geriatric patients and Children
In addition to reducing radiation exposure down to the lowest on the medical market during 3D imaging, the new 3D CT scan also has benefits for people who sometimes gag on ‘bitewing’ x-rays by using a new kind of bitewing x-ray that happens outside of patients’ mouth for more comfort.
Why does Dr. May take digital 3D CT scans (aka Conebeam – CBCT)?
Natural Dentistry’s philosophy is always first and foremost, “Do No Harm” and secondly, “Help everyone and anyone get healthy” Dr. Yuriy May only recommends 3D scans only when absolutely medically necessary to diagnose or treat potential disease processes or to address surgical imaging needs. 3D imaging is often needed to identify an infection, determine the source, location, size and severity, develop a fully comprehensive treatment plan for the patient. The 3D image becomes a full “map” of not only the problem (as is typical in single site x-rays) but a map of the entire head and neck, including mouth and TMJ of the individual. Beyond diagnosis and developing a full mapping of a patients oral “terrain” the imaging is used for advanced smile design, full mouth reconstruction cases, root canal removal, cavitation surgery and is most often use to plan and place zirconia dental implants, which is Dr. May’s speciality. Beyond that, Dr. May and his inter-disceplinary team use the 3D scans as an educational tool for case studies and complex-case diagnostics.
How do I know it’s less radiation?
A new case study performed by J.B. Ludlow and J. Koivisto has found that dentists can reduce the amount of patient radiation without losing the diagnostic quality of images. This research is published in the April 2015 issue of Journal of the International Association of Dental Research.
The study found that using the Ultra-Low Dose (ULD) protocol resulted in an average of 77% reduction in radiation exposure when compared with standard imaging protocols while no “statistical reduction in image quality between ULD and standard protocols” was found.
“In my opinion, the ULD images acquired by the Planmeca ProMax in this study meet the standards of the ALARA radiation safety principle as well as the Image Gently campaign,” comments Dr. Jack Fisher, professor of dentistry and orthodontics at Vanderbilt University School of Dentistry. “Why would anyone take a 2D image with this amount of exposure when they can get a 3D image with excellent diagnostic quality at an ultra-low dose of radiation?”