The CONE BEAM
A (r)evolution in the world of Dental Surgery
==> What is a "Cone Beam"?
First of all, the exact term is CBCT (Cone Beam Computerized Tomography).
It is in fact a kind of Scanner, much less irradiating thanks to the cone beam, and with a reduced field of view (8 cm x 8 cm in our practice). It is therefore specially dedicated to dental examinations.
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==> What is the purpose of a Cone Beam?
The Cone Beam is a fabulous diagnostic tool.
In a single image it is possible to radiograph the entire mouth, to reconstruct it virtually in 3 dimensions (3D) and to navigate in this space; millimetre by millimetre, section by section, visualising the teeth, the bone tissue, the main nerves, etc... and all this without any deformation, without any crushing of the planes (contrary to a panoramic view) and with a formidable precision.
This tool therefore allows screening (it is almost impossible to "miss" an infection with this type of examination), to refine a diagnosis, to explain a pathology, and thus to make therapeutic choices based on reality!
It is the examination of choice in implantology, because it allows to visualize the available bone volumes, to protect noble structures such as nerves.
These 3D images, can be studied in a software dedicated to implantology which allows to choose the size and the shape of the implants and to simulate their positions... virtually!
So you can see and understand your treatment!
Having such a tool in our dental practice has many advantages:
* All the steps are carried out in the same place, you no longer need to go to a radiologist to carry out this type of examination. This saves time for everyone.
* The result is instantaneous and allows us to validate the treatment plan immediately.
* When we carry out complex operations(Sinus Lift, Bone grafts, etc...) we can check the result immediately.
In just a few months this tool has become indispensable to us.
Our profession as a dentist is constantly (r)evolving and the Cone Beam is a major step forward in this respect.
Dr Michaël LUMBROSO