3-D imaging for dentistry is a groundbreaking new technology. 3-D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) technology has been on the market for more than a decade, and it is rapidly evolving with the changing needs of the dental market. I incorporated CBCT into my Palm Harbor, Tampa Fl area dentist office in December 2008. Initially only available in dedicated large field of view (FOV) systems, we now are seeing a trend towards smaller FOV CBCT systems that also incorporate more traditional panoramic and cephalometric 2-D capabilities in a digital format.
By embracing new technology, medicine and dentistry can optimize surgical planning and improve treatment outcomes. After purchasing a Gendex CB-500 CBCT in December 2008, I immediately realized that I had filled a huge gap in my imaging capability. The ability to analyse and visualize the patients jaw bones and vital structures PRIOR to a surgical procedure is truely remarkable. No more guessing no more surprises. After using this technology for surgical procedures, it became apparent to me that it has so many other practical dental applications and CBCT would be embraced by all of dentistry.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A