Planmeca 3D Cone Beam Scanner in Colorado Springs
Dr. Gary Moore and the staff at Stetson Hills Dental want only the best for our patients! That’s why we use the latest available dental technology. One example of such technology is the Planmeca 3D Cone Beam Scanner.
What is the Planmeca 3-D Cone Beam Scanner?
The images the Planmeca scanner produces are really quite remarkable. In only seconds, this machine produces a high resolution, 3D image of the nerves, sinuses, and bone structure of a patient’s face.
What are the benefits of this scan?
The Planmeca scanner goes far beyond just a regular x-ray. It gives the dentist a detailed view of the patient’s mouth and face that is crisp and clear. This helps Dr. Moore customize a treatment plan for the patient’s problems that will minimize pain and speed healing time. And, because the image is available immediately, the diagnosis of the problem can be made quickly so that treatment can begin.
Patients don’t have to worry about radiation with the Planmeca scanner — it emits a very low level of radiation.
What is the procedure for having a scan performed?
It takes only 14 seconds to produce a high resolution, 3D image with a Planmeca scanner.
There is no physical discomfort during the scan, either. The patient only has to sit still for a few seconds, and there is no claustrophobic chamber.
What problems can the 3D scan diagnose?
The scanner provides an image of your mouth and teeth, your jawbone, sinuses, and facial nerves. This makes it the perfect tool for diagnosing several potential problems and for helping the dentist to map out an effective treatment plan.
Sleep apnea is a condition where breathing is very shallow during sleep, or breathing may even start and stop again. These disruptions may only last 10 to 20 seconds at a time, but they can occur hundreds of times in one night. This affects sleep overall, and makes it hard to get the deep sleep you need to be productive the next day.
There are different types of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t properly signal the muscles that control breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway. Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea.
One sign that a patient may have sleep apnea is very loud snoring. If left untreated, sleep apnea means the patient will be constantly tired, which can lead to slow reflexes and poor concentration. Untreated sleep apnea that continues for years can increase the risk of diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Planmeca 3D can help Dr. Moore plan the proper treatment and fabricate devices that will help keep the airway open.
Dental implants are a way to replace missing teeth. Implants look and feel like real teeth.
An implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw, an abutment that goes on top of the implant, and the new, false tooth. To install an implant, the dentist will first numb the area with a local anesthetic, and then he will surgically implant the titanium post. The post will fuse with the jawbone in about six to twelve weeks. When they are tightly fused together, the dentist will place the abutment and the artificial tooth.
For the dental implant to be successful, it is important that the jawbone is strong and tough. Planmeca 3D scanning can help to determine the strength of the jawbone. It can also help the dentist to determine the best placement for the implant.
If you have crooked or crowded teeth, you may be considering some type of orthodontic treatment, such as braces or Invisalign. Invisalign, which Dr. Moore specializes in, is a system of clear aligners which gradually move the teeth into the desired position. A different aligner is given to the patient every two weeks or so.
Jaw problems can be very painful, and can interfere with a patient’s quality of life. Problems with the temporomandibular joint (the jaw joint) can lead to headaches, a tense and sore head and neck, and even pain in the ears.
Dr. Moore can use the Planmeca 3D Cone Beam Scanner to get a detailed look at this joint to see if there is a problem, and it can help him to determine the best treatment if there is a problem.
The Planmeca 3D Cone Beam Scanner allows Dr. Moore and the staff at Stetson Hills Dental to provide the best in patient care! If you are experiencing pain in your head or mouth, or sleep issues, Dr. Moore can help! Make an appointment today, by calling (719) 694-0400.