Advanced Imaging

Cone Beam Uses

The Cone Beam is used in many dental procedures. It can be used to determine a treatment plan for dental implants, helping determine size and placement of the implant. It can also be used to diagnose and treat periodontal disease. Some additional benefits include:

  • Implant planning
  • Earlier detection of oral infections and tumors
  • TMJ analysis
  • Airway studies (ie: sleep apnea)
  • Impacted teeth
  • Periodontal disease

Cone Beam 3-D Imaging

A key to the safety and success of complex dental surgery is advanced radiography. Cone beam digital CAT scanning allows us to take 3-Dimensional, low radiation, high resolution CAT scans of your facial anatomy. We can then view these images from different angles, take precise measurements, and easily share 3-D data with other doctors.

Cone beam imaging is ideal for patient comfort. It offers an "open-environment" design that reduces anxiety, and images can be taken in as little as 8.5 seconds, limiting discomfort and exposure to radiation.

Precision Implant Placement

A key to dental implant safety and success is advanced radiography. A CAT scan ensures that every possible precaution has been made to reduce the risk of involvement of the nerves in the lower jaw, and the sinuses and nose in the upper jaw. This helps to reduce chair time and the possibility of complications.

Until recently, CAT scans were only done in hospitals or medical facilities. Our office is one of the few in the United States and the only one in the Merced area with the latest in digital CT scanning.

Cone Beam Computerized Tomography Services

We are proud to offer advanced imaging CBCT services to the surrounding dental community of Merced. Our Planmeca ProOne machine is a dental specific CT scanner resulting in low radiation and high resolution for dental diagnosis.

In addition to assisting in implant planning and periodontal diagnosis, this high-resolution technology accurately detects dental caries and identifies endodontic pathology, including potential fractures or other complications. CBCT evaluation is also helpful for oral surgery, airway studies, paranasal sinus conditions and dental pathology.