Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Superstition Springs Endodontics goes 3D
Superstition Springs Endodontics is excited to introduce cone beam technology (CBCT) into their practice of endodontics. The decision to incorporate this technology has come after a extended review of the technology, research and clinical applications of CBCT in endodontics.
Dr. Edward Carlson was among the first endodontists in Arizona to incorporate the operating microscope into his practice of endodontics almost twenty years ago. Just as the operating microscope has become an indispensable tool in the practice of endodontics, we expect CBCT to become integral part of endodontic diagnosis, treatment & evaluation.
As Superstition Springs Endodontics, we are specialists in saving teeth. The CBCT is another diagnostic tool to allow us to make important decisions about saving teeth. Doctors and patients who are committed to saving natural teeth, will be able to benefit from this new technology.
The clinical applications of CBCT in endodontics include:
1. Aid in endodontic diagnosis
2. Canal morphology
3. Evaluation of root fracture
4. Evaluation of internal root resorption
5. Evaluation of invasive cervical resorption
6. Presurgical assessment
7. Evaluation of non-endodontic pathology
8. Assist with implant planning for non-restorable teeth
We look forward to sharing cases using this new technology.
The first case to share is the case of a fractured tooth. This patient had a fall and hit her face 5 months ago. #8 was damaged and had to be removed and replaced with an immediate implant. #9 continued to give her symptoms and mobility.
Now it is obvious with a regular radiograph that there is a problem with this root. The tooth exhibited class II mobility.
The coronal view (left) shows the similar view to the standard radiograph, however, the sagittal view (right) shows how the fracture has sheared off toward the palate, well below the level of palatal bone. The ability to see this fracture from the sagittal view allows us to make a determination of the restorability of this tooth.
Previously, we would have had to remove the fractured portion of the tooth and visualize the depth of the fracture. The CBCT allows us to visualize this without the need to disassemble the tooth. This tooth has been recommended for extraction and the CBCT scan can also be used to help in the treatment planning of the new implant.
Stay tuned for more applications of CBCT in our endodontic practice.
We have selected a CBCT manufactured by J. Morita. J. Morita has been a leader in development of cone beam technology. The Veraviewepocs 3De is a focus field cone beam with incredible resolution, ideal for the practice of endodontics.