Technology

Cone Beam CT Imaging

In the early 20th Century, not long after X-rays were discovered, medical professionals recognized their value as diagnostic tools: They could clearly reveal structures hidden inside the body without the need for risky surgery. At the dawn of the 21st century, a revolutionary new technology has entered the diagnostic arena. Today, Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) promises to change the way many dental problems are diagnosed and treated. 

Cone Beam CT has some similarities with conventional X-rays, and also with the standard CT scans you would get in a hospital setting. But it’s a quantum leap forward in technology and diagnostic precision. For the dentist, it offers the ability to visualize intricate structures inside the mouth, such as root canals, nerves and sinuses (air-filled spaces) in the jaw — in three dimensions — without surgery. For the patient, it can reduce the need for invasive procedures, shorten treatment time and offer the chance for a better outcome.

The detailed diagnostic images that CBCT provides have made it an essential tool in many dental specialties. But, as with any diagnostic tool that uses radiation, the medical benefits offered must be weighed against the (small) potential risks of the procedure.

Where Cone Beam CT Is Used

The ability to see fine anatomical structures in 3-D has proven invaluable in treating conditions in many areas of dentistry.

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Orthodontics

Having accurate information on the position of teeth and jaws helps determine exactly how and where teeth should be moved.

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Dental implants

Detailed CBCT images are used to determine the optimum location for the titanium implants while avoiding nerves, sinuses and areas of low bone density.

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Orthognathic Jaw Surgery and Temporo-mandibular Joint (TMJ) Disease

Patients benefit when the specialists who treat these conditions can evaluate their anatomy with the three-dimensional perspective that cone beam CT provides.

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Oral Surgery

Treatment for tumors or impacted teeth is aided by the level of fine detail shown in these scans.

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Endodontics

Dentists performing intricate procedures (like complex root canals, for example) can benefit from a clearer visualization of the tooth’s anatomy.

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Sleep Apnea

Imaging the tissues and structures of the nose, mouth and throat can aid in diagnosis and treatment of this dangerous condition.

Could Cone Beam CT Benefit You?

Each patient’s situation is different, and must be carefully considered by a clinical professional before any test or procedure is performed. While CBCT delivers a smaller dose of radiation (X-rays) than many other diagnostic tests, it still carries a small risk — particularly for younger patients, or those with other health problems. We will take into account all risks, benefits and alternatives before recommending this (or any) medical procedure.

iTero Element Scanner

We Are a Digital Impression Practice Proud Owners of an iTero® Element™ Intraoral Scanner
We’ll Make a Great First Impression

The iTero Element Scanner is a state-of-the-art digital impression system that eliminates the need for messy putty in your mouth. With our iTero Element Scanner, we can digitally capture a detailed 3D model of your teeth and gums. Not only is this process far more comfortable than the old putty based impressions, but it’s faster and can offer a superior clinical endpoint.

During the impression process, you can breathe or swallow as you normally would. You can even pause during the process if you need to sneeze or just want to ask a question. The scanner gives us a 3D model of your mouth that can be used for your dental services including the Invisalign Outcome Simulator to show you what your new smile might look like.

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No goop or gag to worry about

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Fast, accurate impression

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Ideal for crowns, bridges, implants,and Invisalign® clear aligners and retainers

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See a simulation of your potential Invisalign treatment outcome

Carriere® Motion™ Appliance

With the Carriere® Motion™ Appliance, achieving a beautiful smile in the shortest possible time has never been so easy.  This sleek, comfortable appliance was designed with you, the patient, in mind.

Utilizing the latest in advanced orthodontic technology, the Motion Appliance ensures a fast, effective, and esthetic first phase treatment.  Plus, by jumpstarting your orthodontic care with the Motion Appliance, your overall treatment time is reduced, which means less time in braces.

Normal treatment time for the appliance is 3 to 5 months, but it can differ depending on your orthodontic case.  When the desired movement is reached, your orthodontist will remove the appliance and will place your braces or aligners to complete your orthodontic care.

A beautiful smile enhances your quality of life and is an investment that lasts a lifetime.  Let us show you how easy it is to obtain your desired smile with the Motion Appliance!

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Shorter Treatment Time

The appliance is placed before your braces are put into place for faster movement of teeth and less time in braces.
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Elastics Early On

Elastics are worn at the beginning of treatment when you are excited to start orthodontic treatment, rather than at the end when you are ready for your braces to come off.
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Normal Speech

The quality of your speech is not affected unlike when wearing other traditional orthodontic appliances.
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No Facial Appliance Needed

Avoid the bulky feeling from alternative solutions which are more invasive, such as headgear, and worn outside the mouth.
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Sleek, Low-Profile Design

The low profile and smooth surface makes it comfortable to wear; there is no poking of the lips/cheeks.
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Good Oral Hygiene

The appliance is easy to clean, plus it is also easy to brush your teeth to keep your mouth free of debris, resulting in good oral hygiene.
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Aesthetically Pleasing

Unique design makes the appliance hardly noticeable in your mouth.