Facial imaging technology at one time was used only in hospital settings, but now certain oral and maxillofacial surgeons are using this software in everyday office settings.
The detailed images of jawbones, teeth and facial structures allow oral surgeons to make more precise judgments on treatment options, increasing the likelihood of a successful oral procedure for the patient.
X-rays vs. CT Scans
In years past, oral surgeons and dentists relied primarily on X-rays to deliver images of the jawbone and teeth. While X-rays give your surgeon a clear understanding of bone placement and density, it doesn’t give the full picture.
A computed tomography (CT) scan is different. It shows both hard and soft tissues in the body. Your oral surgeon can see the placement of blood vessels, organs and more, and it takes less than a minute to deliver the results. It’s ideal for oral surgeons, because the details help them plan surgical procedures carefully in advance.
Dental Implant Precision
One of the top uses for facial imaging technology is in the placement of dental implants.
For dental implants to be integrated successfully into the jawbone, it’s essential that the oral surgeon measure bone density and identify the nerves and blood vessels in the area. Detailed knowledge about the jawbone helps the oral surgeon protect against nerve damage and place the implants so they fit naturally alongside the neighboring teeth.
TMJ Diagnosis and Treatment
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a frustrating, painful condition that involves popping, clicking and locking of the jaw joint.
Whenever oral surgeons are treating TMJ problems, they use in-depth facial imaging diagnostic procedures to get a clear picture of the jaw structure. This helps surgeons identify which parts of the joint are creating the issue so they can make an informed decision as to the best treatment option.
Facial imaging is also used to help identify the location of nerves before wisdom tooth removal, view the precise orientation of impacted wisdom teeth, and to identify the extent of injuries after facial trauma.
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At Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we use the most advanced facial imaging software to provide the best care possible. You can rest assured that whatever oral health issue you’re facing, the trained medical team will take a close look at the issue using all available diagnostic methods.
Contact the office today to set up an appointment and take advantage of the most advanced facial imaging technology in the Indianapolis region.