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Cone Beam Technology

Dr. McGee and his team of dental professionals are always on the lookout for new technology. Why? Because we want to be able to provide you with the most advanced dental care. With this in mind, your Monroe dentist now offers 3D cone beam imaging from iCAT.

What is Cone Beam Technology?

In order to treat appropriately, Dr. McGee must get the full picture of your oral health. He can tell a lot just from looking at the condition of your teeth and gums. When it comes time to plan a procedure, however, a visual exam is simply not enough. A two-dimensional digital x-ray provides a view of the interior of a tooth as well as your gum tissue and bone structure. But neither of these provides enough detail when planning involved procedures such as dental implants or orthodontic treatment.

A 3D cone beam image does give the dentist a more detailed image. Moreover, the image can be manipulated with special software, allowing the dentist to see your tooth and bone structure from a number of different angles. To capture the image, a cone-shaped beam is directed at a detector that rotates around your head to create a 3D image. The scan usually takes no more than 20 seconds. And you are seated in an open space, so there’s never a feeling of claustrophobia. The resulting visualization is immediately viewable on a monitor, thereby allowing Dr. McGee to explain what he sees so the two of you can make educated decisions about your course of treatment. Moreover, he is able to plan your treatment with greater accuracy.

3D Cone Beam Imaging in Dental Practice

For example, if you have missing teeth that Dr. McGee is replacing with dental implants, images from the 3D cone beam system provide details of your jawbone—the shape and bone density—so that he can place implants more precisely for the greatest degree of stability in the jaw.

If your smile is being restored with one or more dental implants, cone beam technology can pinpoint exactly where your implant(s) should go. Knowing the exact location of your implants improves the implantation process and reduces your recovery time after oral surgery.

Similarly, the 3D iCAT Cone Beam Imaging System can be very helpful when we are designing a treatment plan for orthodontic braces with either Invisalign or Six Month Smiles. The accuracy that this system provides can actually help to reduce the time that you are in braces, so you can have straight teeth sooner.

If you have any questions about the 3D iCAT Cone Beam Imaging System or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact our Monroe, LA practice today.