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Introducing our new 3D cone beam x-ray machine

Posted on April 19,2018

High quality digital imagery, produced in-house

When you decide to have implants placed by the Wickham Terrace Dental team, one very important step is sourcing the detailed x-rays our dentists need to plan your surgery safely and efficiently.

Previously, that meant we would have to refer you to an external provider to have these images taken from an advanced cone beam x-ray machine (or CBCT).

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Now though, we’ve invested in our own brand-new cone beam x-ray so that we can provide you this service, right here at our newly refurbished Brisbane city dental practice.

We’ve chosen the Sirona Orthophos SL as our new cone beam x-ray machine. It’s one of the very best, most capable models available to dentists today.

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In this news post we’ll talk a little about the capabilities of the Sirona x-ray machine, and how it can give you a more seamless and efficient experience when you’re having dental implants or orthodontics at our Brisbane practice.

What does a cone beam imaging machine do?

Our cone beam machine gives our dentists highly accurate, 3D imagery of your whole mouth, jaws, and head. It clearly shows us the location of your vital oral structures including nerves, sinuses, blood vessels and more.

You can imagine how vitally important this is when we’re planning complex dental implant surgery! 

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Compared to traditional x-rays, the cone beam imagery is more detailed and higher quality – and even delivers a lower dose of radiation. Thanks to the accuracy and clarity of its 3D images, our dentists get a far better understanding of your teeth, bones, and surrounding hard and soft tissue.

We can now use our CBCT machine for a wide range of dental procedures, including:

  • Accurately planning and placing dental implants
  • Evaluating your jaw, sinuses, nerve canals, and nasal cavity
  • Determining bone structure and tooth orientation
  • Planning for extractions of impacted teeth
  • Diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) 

In some dental implants cases, the imagery from our CBCT can even help avoid the need for a bone graft before your dental implant placement. With its detailed information, we can plan your implant surgery to make the most of your available bone using a different angle, or custom angled abutment.

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And when you’re having orthodontics, the cone beam machine’s 3D imagery helps us clearly visualise the angulations of your tooth roots, so that we can precisely design the specific mechanics needed to correct any issues. 

Getting this detailed look at what lies beneath your gums gives us a better, more stable outcome than simply straightening the visible crowns of your teeth. 

How does the CBCT take 3D images?

There’s no special preparation needed for your scan. We’ll ask you to wear loose, comfy clothing to your appointment, and leave any metal objects such as jewellery at home so they don’t interfere with your scan.

Our 3D imaging x-ray has handles you can hold onto, to help you easily stay still. There’s also a small chin rest so we can position your head exactly where we need it.

We’ll ensure you are sitting or standing comfortably, and ask you to stay very still while the cone beam scanner revolves around your head.

The entire process of taking a detailed 3D scan of your head, neck, and jaw takes just 15 seconds to complete. It’s a completely non-invasive and painless process, and you can return to work or whatever else you have planned for your day.

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Talk to us about cone beam 3D imaging for your treatment

At Wickham Terrace Dental we’re committed to investing in the very latest and best technology available, and using the latest philosophies and dentistry techniques, to always deliver the best outcome for you as our patient. 

With the images from our in-house Sirona Orthophos SL cone beam x-ray machine, Wickham Terrace Dental Brisbane can now offer you service that’s more seamless than ever. 

To find out how our CBCT can contribute to your treatment, get in touch with us online or call 3831 3031 today.

Topics: dental implants, orthodontics

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