Here Are A Few Reasons To Start Using CBCT 3D X-Rays

Cone beam 3d imaging technology

Even some of the most seasoned general dentists and find anatomical surprises in their patients’ mouths that give them pause.

Today’s progress in technology like CBCT 3D machines can make difficult cases easier to spot and deal with.

With the use of this 3D X-ray technology, Dr. Layman and Dr. Shirman can be prepared to handle any case that comes our way.

What exactly is a CBCT 3D machine?

Dental cone beam computed tomography, or CBCT 3D machines, are 3D X-ray imaging devices for teeth which allow our dentists to get a good look at the tooth (as well as the rest of your mouth) as a whole, inside and out.

Making use of CBCT 3D technology allows us to discover canals we couldn’t already see in your previous examinations, catch hairline fractures that we may not have detected while examining a tooth, and see pulp stones we couldn’t spot with basic X-rays. The use of the 3D technology on this machine makes planning and efficiency a whole lot easier.

CBCT 3D machines make endodontic treatments easier to deal with.

CBCT 3D machines take a bunch of 2D radiographs that are then turned into a 3D set of data that allows our dentists to examine the entirety of the tooth. With these devices, they can examine the anatomy of a tooth on several planes—specifically the sagittal, coronal, and axial. This provides them with the power to create a far more complete plan for endodontic treatment.

They also make referrals to your favorite endodontist less of a hassle.

Prior to this technology, a dentist could begin a root canal only to discover that the patient’s situation requires a dental specialist (typically an endodontist) to resolve.

With the 3D features of the cone beam machines, both dentist and patient can avoid the extra procedure, as the dentist can spot the problem and make the referral without ever having to use a drill. We’re certain our patients can appreciate the benefit this provides.

At Layman, Shirman & Associates, our goal is to give our patients the very best dental care, as efficiently and effectively as possible. With CBCT 3D technology, we can.

Sweet E-Cigarettes Increase Risk Of Cavities, New Study Shows

E-cigarettes may cause cavities

Sweet e-cigarettes more than just taste like candy, they’re just as bad for you.

People have been switching over from standard cigarettes to e-cigarettes, both for supposed health benefits and for the varieties in flavor. Well, according to a new study recently reported by the ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center, they might not be as healthy of an alternative as some previously thought.

The study “Cariogenic Potential of Sweet Flavors in Electronic-Cigarette Liquids,” took a look at the potential for tooth decay to occur when exposed to the smoke from various sweet flavored e-cigarettes. The results showed the potential for an increased risk of the development of cavities due to a combination of the liquid’s thickness and of the chemicals found in certain sweet e-cig liquids.

If that weren’t bad enough, sweet e-cigarettes were also found to have some of the same properties as the ones found in acidic drinks like sodas; gelatin, like in gummy candies; and high-sucrose products—all of which mean trouble for your teeth.

Thomas Hart, DDS, PhD, senior director of the ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center, had this to say about the purpose of the e-cigarette study:

“This study will give dentists further information to help educate patients that using e-cigarettes can have detrimental effects on their mouths.”

The results of this study mean e-cigarettes may not be as healthy of an alternative to regular cigarettes like some would have you believe. Not only do they pose a risk for your respiratory system, but now your oral cavity as well. Cavities are a serious problem in need immediate attention; give us a call if you feel you could be at risk of developing cavities.