Your Knoxville Smiles dentists, Dr. Stephen Malone and Dr. Michael Costa use advanced technology to generate pictures of your mouth and diagnose conditions that require treatment. In some cases, a digital x-ray may be sufficient for this purpose, but more complex situations such as implant treatment, may require more sophisticated diagnostic testing. Our doctors frequently utilize 3-D imaging at our Knoxville, TN practice to identify oral health issues and design appropriate treatment plans to address them.
A CT (computed tomography) scan involves taking numerous, sequential x-rays of your mouth to create a panoramic image of your teeth, tissues, and bones. Cone beam imaging is a more advanced version of CT scanning. This type of imaging passes a continuous stream of cone-shaped x-ray waves through your jaw to create a more detailed, precise image in mere minutes. Cone-beam generated images are also 3-D rather than two-dimensional, providing greater diagnostic information. Because it is so efficient, cone beam imaging exposes you to less radiation than traditional CT scanning.
We have invested in this technology for the benefit of our patients. We provide 3D CBTCT imaging in our own office. Most dental practices do not have this imaging in-house and either refer patients to 3d imaging facilities or depend on two-dimensional x-rays, with the result of higher out-of-pocket cost for oral health care or diagnostics and based on less precise imaging.
Because our dentists have this technology in-house, they can utilize it to identify the precise location and morphology of:
- Tooth roots and pulp health
- Periodontal bone loss, deterioration, or other irregularities
- Temporomandibular joint (jaw joint) deterioration or other irregularities
- Facial and cervical vertebra fractures
- Oral cancer or other abnormal growths
- Advanced periodontal infection and its resulting damage
We often utilize the information gathered from a cone beam 3D scan to perform:
- Tooth extractions
- Wisdom tooth removal
- Bone grafting procedures such as ridge augmentation or sinus lifts
- Implant placement and restoration
- Treatment of TMJ disorders
- Orthodontic treatment
- Root canal treatment
- Making treatment recommendations and guiding patients in making their treatment decisions, such as deciding whether to repair a significantly damaged tooth with a crown or remove the tooth — and then, deciding whether to replace the tooth with crown and bridge treatment or implant treatment
Our dentists will perform a visual examination of your mouth, go over your medical records, and discuss your symptoms with you to determine if 3D imaging may be useful in diagnosing your condition and planning your procedure. Although 3D is safe, you will be fully informed, and your consent will be obtained prior to 3D imaging.