Cone Beam 3D Imaging

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Dental procedures such as All-On-X Dental Implants, root canals, or full mouth reconstruction require extensive planning. To be fully prepared, doctors at Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry utilize 3D Cone Beam Imaging. In addition to your teeth, doctors consider soft tissues, nerve structure, jawbone, sinus cavity, throat, gums, tongue, and ears are all imaged for the doctors to preview. As a result, 3D Cone Beam Imaging allows doctors to view every aspect of the face and neck. This enables your doctor to anticipate all variables necessary to restore your smile. 

All-On-X Dental implants, root canals, and full mouth reconstruction demand precision. Accordingly, the mouth is a complex network of teeth, bones, and nerves. For instance, a simple biomechanical process such as chewing functions at an optimal level. Thus, all parts of the mouth work in tandem.  

Due to the intricacies of the mouth, a carefully planned dental procedure is like planning for a trip. As a result, the first thing a person usually does before going on a trip is to consult a map. Hence, the map gives you valuable insight into what to expect on your journey. In turn, a Cone Beam 3D Image of the mouth gives doctors a valuable insight into the treatment plan they will follow. 

Every type of dental procedure varies. Consequently, the same procedure on a different patient has variables to consider. Treatment plans can be like a mathematical algorithm. As a result, All-On-X-Dental Implants, root canals, and full mouth reconstruction have specific procedures. In turn, each is modified to fit the individual patient’s needs.

A closer look at the above dental procedures demonstrates the precision with which Dr. Hepworth, Dr. Sherman, and the staff at Whiteridge Aesthetic Dental will restore your smile.

All-On-X Dental Implants. To be successful dental implants must imitate the organic process created naturally by your teeth. For example, osseointegration is the biological process that converts the dental implant into a successful replacement of a tooth or teeth. Osseointergration requires titanium implants to attach to bone and fuse. Thus, replacing the function of a tooth or teeth. When finished, doctors place a crown on the All-On-X Dental Implant for aesthetic and practical purposes. 

There are many factors that doctors must consider to achieve successful osseointegration. Therefore, doctors use 3D  Cone Beam Imaging for a detailed “map” of the following factors that create a successful placement of dental implants. 

  1. The health of the bone.  Bone density determines the quality of the bone to which the dental implant is attached. For example, the doctor must consider the architecture, degree of mineralization of the bone matrix, chemistry, and bone mineral crystals. As a result, bone is the foundation of the dental implant.
  2. Gingival (the gums) tissue that will surround the dental implant. Within, these sensitive tissues are arteries and nerves. Accordingly, gingival tissue provides protection against disease and bacteria through the absorption of micronutrients. Additionally, this valuable tissue helps regulate sensations in the mouth.
  3. The position and angle of other teeth. For this reason teeth, either natural or a dental implants, have their own unique size and shape. Size and shape in turn impact the position and angle of teeth. As a result, all of these factors influence the biomechanical process of chewing.
  4. Overall health of the patient. Once bone density, gingival tissue, and the position and angle of teeth are evaluated Dr Sherman and Dr Hepworth take into consideration the overall health of the patient. Above all your doctor will discuss your general health with you as it pertains to your candidacy for dental implants. 

As part of All-On-X-Dental Implant therapy 3D Cone Beam Imaging gives the doctors an opportunity to pre-plan your entire procedure. View this video to learn how Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry prepares for your All-On-X-Dental Implants 

Root canal therapy. As mentioned the next use of 3D Cone Beam Imaging by Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry is found in root canal therapy. Again, the anatomy of the tooth or teeth requiring root canal therapy is intricate. Therefore, due to the complex structure of the root of a tooth and the tooth, imaging gives the doctor insight that would otherwise be missed through observation with the unaided eye.

The patient will recognize the need for root canal therapy through pain that occurs from biting, chewing, temperature change, or sometimes without any stimulation. Unfortunately, redness from swelling can occur on the gum around the affected tooth. As a result, both the roots and the gum can become painful on a continuous basis. 

Within every tooth are cavernous, hollow areas. Inside the hollow area are blood vessels, nerves tissue, and various cells. At the end of every tooth are nerve canals. Consequently, the hollow areas and the nerve canals are the focus of root canal therapy.

In root canal therapy doctors clean nerve canals and the hollow parts of the tooth. As a result, this disinfects and decontaminates the infected areas of the nerve canals and hollow parts of the tooth. 

As a result of the intricate anatomy of tooth and nerve canals, 3D Cone Beam Imaging gives doctors a detailed view of the areas intended for root canal therapy. 

Full mouth reconstruction. Some of the following dental conditions can occur in mouths requiring full mouth reconstruction:

  • Chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Missing teeth
  • Infection
  • Dental injury or trauma

As outlined above dental anatomy is complex. When the entire mouth is damaged several treatments, sometimes simultaneously are pursued. These treatments include:

  • All-On-X Dental Implants
  • Dental veneers
  • Full composite veneers
  • Dental bridges
  • Tooth extractions
  • Dental crowns
  • Root canal treatments
  • Dental bonding
  • Dental fillings
  • Periodontal treatments

Full mouth reconstruction is not only meant to restore the function of the mouth, aesthetic appearance of the  mouth is important too. For this reason, Dr. Hepworth, Dr. Sherman, and the staff at Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry take into consideration the following elements necessary to restore the attractiveness of your teeth:

  • Color
  • Position 
  • Shape
  • Size
  • Alignment

As outlined, full mouth reconstruction has several components. For success, 3D Cone Beam Imaging gives doctors the necessary diagnostic instrument to ensure a smile is fully restored.

Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry serves Salt Lake Valley, Cottonwood Heights, Mill Creek, Park City, and Summit County.