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Why Does Your Implant Dentist Use a Cone Beam Scanner?

August 1, 2021

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Cone beam scanner machine in dentist office

Technology has advanced in leaps and bounds over the past few decades, including in dental offices. For example, new state-of-the-art X-ray technology allows for more precise and predictable implant treatment than ever before! Does your dentist use a Cone Beam CT scanner to place dental implants? If you are considering replacing your missing teeth with implants, you may want to check with your dentist before starting treatment. Keep reading to learn more about how Cone Beam scanning technology enhances the dental implant process.

What Is a Cone Beam Scanner?

A Cone Beam CT scanner is an advanced X-ray machine that can provide your dentist with a more detailed look inside your mouth than traditional or digital X-rays. Instead of just revealing a 2D image of your teeth, a Cone Beam CT scanner can generate a detailed three-dimensional rendering of your teeth, jaw, skull, sinuses, and facial nerves.

The scanner works by slowly moving a cone-shaped X-ray beam around your head. In a matter of just a few seconds, the X-ray beam captures a high volume of precise images of your oral structures. Advanced software then combines these images into one single 3-D image.

Common Uses for Cone Beam Scanners

An experienced dentist can use Cone Beam CT scanning technology in a variety of ways, including:

  • Accurately placing dental implants
  • Planning for root canal therapy
  • Prepping for tooth extractions
  • Diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Planning reconstructive surgery 
  • Locating pain in the neck, mouth, and jaw areas

How Does a Cone Beam Scanner Help with Dental Implants?

Successful dental implant treatment relies on placing implants in strong sections of the jawbone. Without adequate bone density, width, and height, dental implants are more likely to fail.

Cone Beam CT scanning technology gives your dentist valuable information to create a personalized implant treatment plan. Thanks to the detailed images of your teeth, jaw, and mouth, your dentist can confidently place your implants in the ideal locations.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that rebuilds teeth from the roots up. Some of the many benefits of dental implants include:

  • Strong Support – Dental implants provide nearly the same chewing power as natural teeth.
  • Natural Appearance – Dental implants are custom-designed to blend in with surrounding teeth.
  • Preserve Healthy Teeth – Dental implants are anchored in the jawbone, so they do not rely on nearby healthy teeth to remain in place. 
  • Long-Lasting Results – With proper care, dental implants can easily last for decades! 

Are you searching for a reliable, long-term way to restore your smile? Ask your dentist if they use a Cone Beam CT scanner to create customized dental implant treatment plans.

About the Author

Dr. John-Michael Stewart is dedicated to helping rebuild patients’ smiles with state-of-the-art dental implants. A Fellow of the International Team of Implantology, he utilizes a Cone Beam CT scanner to create personalized implant treatment plans at Texas Dental Surgery. To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, visit the Texas Dental Surgery website or call 469-296-8680.

An Oral Surgeon Explains the Ideal Candidate for IV Sedation

July 27, 2021

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Medical bag used for IV sedation

Whether you have an oral surgery coming up that’s going to take a long time to complete or you have issues with dental treatments in general, oral surgeons are highly experienced with helping people get comfortable and prepared for their care. In the case of surgery, anesthesia is the norm, however, sedation also plays a role in many cases. If you believe you may need stronger forms of sedation to complete your treatment, you’ll want to learn from an oral surgeon what makes you an ideal candidate for IV sedation ahead of time!


Why is Crown Lengthening Necessary?

June 19, 2021

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Man benefiting from crown lengtheningDo you have a gummy smile? Although you may believe it’s only an aesthetic issue, excess gum tissue can have adverse complications for your oral health. Your dentist may recommend crown lengthening to promote a beautiful, healthy smile. Besides making your teeth appear larger, the procedure is used for other purposes, too. Here are the most common reasons why crown lengthening is necessary.


Does Gum Grafting Hurt? Learn the Facts from an Oral Surgeon

May 4, 2021

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Woman in need of gum disease therapy

Are your gums redder than usual? Do they feel sensitive to touch or when consuming hot or cold foods? Is there blood in your sink after brushing or flossing? If so, there’s a chance that you have developed severe gum disease that requires professional treatment, such as gum grafting. If you have never received gum disease therapy before, you may be wondering if the process will be uncomfortable. Thankfully, an oral surgeon can answer your most common questions and ease your concerns!


Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth (and Why are They Often Removed?)

April 3, 2021

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If you’ve heard of wisdom teeth before, you may already know that they tend to cause more problems than anything else. However, you may not necessarily know why. According to anthropologists, they are largely considered to be evolutionary relics that may have been useful in the past, but aren’t anymore. If you’ve always wondered why they exist and why dentists often recommend removing them, keep reading!


Dental Implants 101: The Basics of Modern Tooth Replacement

March 14, 2021

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Gloved hands holding model, explaining dental implants 101

If you have recently lost one or more teeth, you may be considering your tooth replacement options. A traditional bridge can be an excellent choice, and regular dentures also have their advantages. However, most dental professionals around the world would agree that dental implants are the absolute best way to rebuild lost dentition. What exactly are dental implants, and how might they benefit you? Let’s discuss the answers to these questions in this dental implants 101 primer.


How to Prepare for Your Dental Implant Surgery

February 17, 2021

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A calendar highlighting an appointment for dental implant surgery.

While you may be excited about making your smile complete with one of the most reliable and natural-feeling tooth replacement options in dentistry to date, we understand if you’re feeling nervous about your dental implant surgery as well. This may be because you’ve never had oral surgery completed before, even though dental implants are considered to be minimally invasive. While there aren’t that many steps to take ahead of treatment, the tips below from an expert in dental implants and oral surgery are sure to help!


4 Exciting Innovations in Dental Implant Technology

January 25, 2021

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A woman learning about dental implant technology.

Dental implants have become not only more reliable, but predictable. This means when you want to replace teeth using dental implant technology, you can have greater confidence that your treatment is going to be a success! Of course, that doesn’t mean researchers have stopped figuring out ways to make them better every single day. Whether you want to learn more about the gold standard of tooth replacement for yourself or for a family member, here are four innovations that make dental implant treatment better in just about every way!


Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of Sedation Dentistry

October 22, 2020

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Closeup of nose piece for nitrous oxide

Does the sheer thought of visiting the dentist send a bead of sweat down your spine? You’re not alone. In fact, many Americans struggle with mild to severe anxiety surrounding dental treatment. Fortunately, nitrous oxide and IV sedation can help even the most nervous patients have a stress-free, comfortable experience. But is sedation dentistry covered by insurance? Read on to find out!


What Does Having Dental Implants Feel Like?

June 17, 2020

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Smiling dentist holds model jaw with dental implants

If you’re interested in replacing missing teeth with the next best thing, dental implants in Prosper are the best way to rebuild your smile! This modern dental restoration is designed to replace every part of your tooth, both above and below the gumline. Not only does this provide incredible durability, functionality, and longevity, but it creates an incredibly comfortable and lifelike feel as well. Read on to learn more about how dental implants feel compared to other tooth replacement options and your natural teeth.