How Cone Beam Imaging Is Used In A Dental Practice In Salt Lake City, UT

Adult woman receiving CBCT scan in dentistry clinic

Dental procedures such as all on 4 dental implants, root canals, or full mouth reconstruction necessitate meticulous planning. To ensure comprehensive preparation, the team at Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry relies on 3D Cone Beam Imaging. This advanced technology generates a detailed, three-dimensional image of your mouth, encompassing your teeth and soft tissues, nerve structure, jawbone, sinus cavity, throat, gums, tongue, and ears. This comprehensive view allows our doctors to anticipate all the necessary variables, ensuring a successful restoration of your smile.

With this vital instrument, you can witness the precision of your treatment plan unfolding. Your dentist will have access to the intricate details of each tooth, the alignment of your bite, and the overall structure of your jaw, ensuring a more precise and effective procedure.

Full-mouth dental implants, root canals, and complete mouth reconstruction are about fixing one issue and restoring the entire mouth to its optimal function. The mouth is a complex network of teeth, bones, and nerves, and a simple biomechanical process, such as chewing, tasks at an optimal level when all parts of the mouth work in tandem. Our comprehensive approach ensures we address all aspects of your oral health, leaving no stone unturned.

Due to the intricacies of the mouth, a carefully planned dental procedure is like preparing 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 offers doctors valuable insight into the treatment plan they will follow.


Every Dental Procedure Is Unique

Every type of dental procedure is unique, just like every patient. The same procedure for a different patient has different variables to consider, and our treatment plans are like a mathematical algorithm explicitly tailored to fit your individual needs. Whether it’s all-on-X dental Implants, root canals, or full mouth reconstruction, we consider your specific circumstances to ensure the best possible outcome.

A closer look at the above dental procedures demonstrates the precision with which our experienced team, led by Dr. Hepworth and Dr. Sherman at Whiteridge Aesthetic Dental, will restore your smile. With their extensive knowledge and skill, you can rest assured that your dental health is in the best possible hands.

With all on 4 dental implants, the tooth posts 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. Osseointegration requires titanium implants to attach to bone and fuse, thus replacing the function of a tooth or teeth. When finished, doctors place a full-arch zirconia prosthetic on four to eight dental implants for aesthetic and practical purposes.


Factors Your Doctor Must Consider

Doctors must consider many factors to achieve successful osseointegration. Therefore, they use 3D Cone Beam Imaging to create a detailed “map” of the factors that make successful dental implant placement. This imaging process involves using a machine rotating around your head, taking multiple images from different angles. These images create a 3D mouth model, which your doctor can use to plan your treatment.

  • Bone health. 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.
  • Gingival (the gums) tissue that will surround the dental implant. Within these sensitive tissues are arteries and nerves. Accordingly, gingival tissue protects against disease and bacteria by absorbing micronutrients. Additionally, this valuable tissue helps regulate sensations in the mouth.
  • Your doctor considers the position and angle of other teeth. For this reason, teeth, either natural or dental implants, have their unique size and shape. Size and shape, in turn, impact the position and angle of teeth. As a result, all these factors influence the biomechanical process of chewing.
  • The final factor is the patient’s overall health. With bone density, gingival tissue, tooth position, and angle evaluated, Dr. Sherman and Dr. Hepworth begin creating a treatment plan. Above all, your doctor will discuss your general health and candidacy for dental implants.

As part of All-On-X Dental Implant therapy, 3D Cone Beam Imaging allows the doctors to pre-plan your entire procedure. The highest level of precision minimizes the risk of complications.

As you can see, the procedure for All-On-X Dental Implants is meticulous and detailed, requiring thorough planning and consideration of various factors. After assessing bone health, gingival tissue condition, and the position and angle of surrounding teeth, Dr. Hepworth and Dr. Sherman create a customized treatment plan tailored to each patient’s unique needs.

With the help of 3D Cone Beam Imaging, doctors can visualize the entire procedure before it even begins, allowing them to make precise decisions regarding implant placement and ensuring optimal outcomes. This advanced technology increases the accuracy of the treatment and reduces the risk of complications, ultimately providing patients with a safer and more comfortable dental experience.

As the doctors finalize the treatment plan for Denture Implants, they consider every aspect of the patient’s oral health and overall well-being. By addressing each component with care and precision, Dr. Hepworth and Dr. Sherman guarantee that the patient receives the highest quality of dental care possible.


Root Canal Therapy

3D Cone Beam Imaging by Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry enhances root canal therapy. Again, the anatomy of the tooth or teeth requiring root canal therapy is intricate. Due to the complex structure of the root and the tooth, imaging gives your doctor insight otherwise missed through observation with the unaided eye.

The patient will recognize the need for root canal therapy through pain from biting, chewing, temperature change, or sometimes without 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 continuously.

Within every tooth are cavernous, hollow areas. Blood vessels, nerve tissue, and various cells are inside the hollow area. 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, disinfecting and decontaminating the infected areas.

Due to 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.

Root canals are a crucial dental procedure that demands precision and expertise. Dr. Hepworth and Dr. Sherman at Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry understand the complexity of root canal therapy and utilize 3D Cone Beam Imaging to ensure the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for their patients.

With this advanced technology, Dr. Hepworth and Dr. Sherman can effectively plan the root canal procedure, determining the optimal path for cleaning and disinfecting the nerve canals and hollow areas of the tooth. The high-resolution images guide their every move, ensuring that no trace of infection is left behind.


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 mouth’s function, but the aesthetic appearance of the mouth is also essential. 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 fully restored smile.

You can feel secure knowing your smile is in good hands at Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Hepworth and Dr. Sherman carefully reviewed the 3D Cone Beam Imaging of your mouth, mapping out the intricate details required to begin your treatment plan for full mouth reconstruction.

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