Endodontists hone in on individual root canal anatomy through the use of Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT).
CBCT was first introduced to the United States in 2001, after five years in the European endodontic industry. Since then, the superior imaging technology has aided specialists in their ability to diagnose teeth accurately and to prepare extensively for treatment. In fact, most endodontists would agree that it is a fundamental instrument in proper treatment planning. Being that CBCT systems are quite expensive and not entirely practical for regular dental practices, they’re not commonly found in general dental offices. By collaborating with Professional Endodontics, dentists gain access to CBCT technology, in turn, strengthening their practice. At Professional Endodontics, our staff uses CBCT for diagnosis and treatment planning in most cases, offering our patients that extra level of comfort and quality.
What is Cone Beam Computed Tomography?
CBCT X-rays provide specialists with a well-rounded and detailed image of the affected area when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. CBCT is an “innovative medical imaging technique that provides endodontists with three-dimensional views of the patient.” (AAE)
During a scan, the patient stands in the center of the machine placing their chin on a platform as the machine rotates around them, capturing between 150 and 600 images with a cone-shaped X-ray beam. The images are then compiled to construct a three-dimensional model of the area under study. This model can then be rotated from side to side or up and down, examined in greater or less detail, and manipulated in any number of ways. This allows the specialist to diagnose the problem with a greater level of confidence. After diagnosis, the model will be used like a detailed road map of the affected area to develop a precise treatment plan based on the individual’s unique dental anatomy.
According to the Joint Position Statement of the American Association of Endodontics (AAE) and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR), CBCT scans are recommended for the following scenarios:
- Diagnosis when traditional intraoral radiographs have proven to be insufficient.
- Initial treatment
- Nonsurgical retreatment
- Surgical retreatment
- Special conditions such as, implant placement, traumatic injuries, and resorptive defects.
- Outcome assessment when traditional intraoral radiographs have proven to be insufficient.
Access to CBCT technology is just one of the many benefits when partnering with Professional Endodontics. Our practice believes that collaborative care is truly in the best interest of patients and professionals. We’ve garnered a reputation for excellence in referred patient care and we’re eager to spread our reach in the dental community. Contact Professional Endodontics or visit our website to learn more about building a professional relationship and, ultimately, strengthening your practice.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes with treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
Professional Endodontics now offers three state-of-the art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and a fully renovated Southfield location in the Comerica Tower. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.
29201 Telegraph Road
Southfield, MI 48034