Latest Techniques in Dental Implantology
This section is dedicated to the emergence of new techniques in the field of dental implantology.
Cone Beam Volumetric Technology (CBVT)
This is a form of computerised tomography which uses 3D imaging software for craniofacial scanning. This is designed as a diagnostic aid for purposes of implant positioning, maxillofacial surgery and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD).
This latest technological development means multimodal imaging, and an improved quality of image, such as soft tissue contrast. It also reduces the amount of radiation the patient is exposed to.
It uses a low power, medical fluoroscopy tube to provide a continuous image through the scan process. Data is obtained by means of a cone shaped x-ray beam which transfers this onto a solid state sensor for image capture purposes, and produces the final image via a single rotation.
This is reported as being quicker than traditional CT scanners and exposes the patient to a lower radiation dose.
Manufacturers have realised the importance of ergonomics and are designing this new scanner with patient comfort at the forefront. This means upright seating for the patient with the x-ray tube and panel detector placed around the patient’s head.
As with all forms of technology this will continue to advance with the aim of obtaining even more detailed 3 dimensional images of the human jawbone.
The enhanced version will be known as the ‘Ultra Cone Beam CT scanner’.