The 3D Cone Beam Scanner is a transformational piece of dental technology that is currently available to dentists for their offices. Though the cost of acquiring the unit is high, it provides the opportunity to help patients in ways that we could not easily do before. More and more dentists will seek out this tremendous technological advantage to diagnose hidden and complex patient problems.
Since acquiring the Vatech Cone Beam Scanner, I have been able to help my patients by more accurately planning their dental implant treatment. Previously, I would have to refer the patient to a facility, such as a hospital, to take the scan. Traveling to another facility was a burden for the patient and usually caused them to delay the necessary treatment they wanted to complete. Moreover, hospital-based scanners deliver doses of radiation that are higher than required for dental applications. Finally, patients have to deal with hospital staff and long waits. At Greenwich Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, it only takes minutes to complete the scan and determine if the patient is a candidate for dental implants. The scan will show if the patient has tooth or bone pathology or has a wisdom tooth that may injure a nerve upon extraction. Even children benefit from this in-office technology; sometimes, an extra tooth, called a supernumerary tooth, may prevent the permanent tooth’s eruption. Finding the exact location in three dimensions of the unwanted tooth is critical to its removal. The tooth’s precise location means that trauma to the patient is reduced during the removal procedure.
Patients stand while taking the scan and are in constant view of the technician or doctor operating the scanner. A scan can be completed in 20-30 seconds, so patients do not feel claustrophobic or tired. The data is then processed by specialized software to be seen and manipulated in three dimensions by the doctor. The results can be printed out or burned onto a CD so that patients may retain their results for their records or seek consultations with other dental and medical specialists.
Dr. Cohen is a dental implant and cosmetic dentistry specialist. He has been practicing dentistry for over twenty years and is the former Director of Dental Implantology at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Dental and Oral Surgery, he received training in advanced implantology from the prestigious Misch Implant Institute and at New York University’s College of Dentistry.
Gerald Cohen, DDS
40 West Elm Street,
Greenwich, CT 06830