Pasadena, Texas CBCT for better Dental Implant Placement:
Conebeam Computed Tomography (CBCT) 3D imaging has given our office a distinct advantage over other dental practices in terms of treatment planning and diagnosis. The importance of being able to evaluate and diagnose failing root canals, infections, fractured roots, third molars, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) bone degeneration, cysts, supernumerary teeth, sinus problems and pathology has given Dr. Nugent a new sense of awareness for better patient care.
With the successful integration of CEREC CAD/CAM into my practice, my next goal was to undertake more implant placement in a safe and predictable environment. The technology that allowed me to do with was my CBCT machine.
CBCT imaging is the standard of care in regard to implant placement. With true one to one magnification and image precision, Dr. Nugent can evaluate the following:
- Amount of bone present
- Critical anatomical landmarks
- Position of the sinus in upper jaw tomorrow
- Position of the inferior alveolar canal and nerve in the lower jaw
- Lingual curvature of the lower jaw so the sublingual space is not perforated
CBCT imaging allows Dr. Nugent the ability to virtually place an implant, or multiple implants, in the most ideal position within the bone. Having the capability to integrate CAD/CAM data into the CBCT imaging makes this highly accurate. The CAD/CAM data captures the soft tissue data. Whereas, the CBCT captures the hard tissue data. When both sets of data are merged Dr. Nugent gets an extremely accurate and complete picture of your mouth. For instance, Dr. Nugent can now design the implant restoration BEFORE the implant has been placed. This creates a much better result by creating better implant cosmetics, angulation and tissue management.
Dr. Nugent can also digitally create a dental implant surgical guide. Surgical guides make the surgery safer, more predictable, faster, more accurate, and more efficient. Furthermore, there is reduced postoperative complications and discomfort for the patient as Dr. Nugent does not need to cut away the gum tissue to look at the bone. With the CBCT data, Dr. Nugent already knows where the bone is at. The surgical guide eliminates and angulation error as Dr. Nugent will do everything through the metal pilot holes thus placing the dental implants exactly where the implants were planned.
The below picture is of a guide for two implant on the lower left. The metal sleeves insure that Dr. Nugent can not deviate from the planned path.
Conebeam Computed Tomography (CBCT) 3D imaging has given my office a technological edge over other offices. The ability to fully visualize the patients anatomy eliminates the guesswork at the time of surgery. CBCT imaging allows Dr. Nugent to be more exact, confident and conservative during your dental implant surgery.
Visit us at 3421 Burke Rd #1, Pasadena, Texas 77504. Call us at 713-941-1812 to see how dental implants can change your life.