ORTHOPANTOMOGRAPH-OP300 / Cone Beam CT Scan
The OP300 is a state-of-the-art 3D digital imaging system that is invaluable in today's "root canal" practice.
Dr. Struble is one of the few in Parker County that has this amazing technology available in his office. The CT scan provides an advanced 3D image which allows Dr. Struble to better visualize your tooth and the surrounding structures. This is technology that was not possible with previous radiographs. As a component of treatment planning for a root canal procedure, three dimensional images can be particularly helpful. A cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan can produce such images, allowing us to better prepare for the procedure, which may be more predictable when this technology is available.
These images are tremendously valuable because they offer a more lifelike view than a traditional two-dimensional x-ray does. They can provide a more accurate depiction of the structures of the teeth, including the root canal chambers in the tooth's interior. Dr. Struble can use these pictures to determine if there's anything unusual or unexpected about these structures. With advance knowledge of the root canal's structure, we may be able to complete the procedure more efficiently. It is extremely helpful in diagnosis, retreatment of failing root canals, cracked teeth, multi-canal teeth, dental trauma and other dental concerns.
X-rays are a focused beam of x-ray particles passed through teeth and bone which produce an image, showing the structure through which it passed. This provides the familiar black and white images that dentists use to diagnose dental disease.
Without an x-ray of the entire tooth and supporting bone, there would be no way to detect decay and/or pathology that requires attention. In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take x-rays using less radiation than conventional film x-rays. Using this technology, we are able to take an x-ray of your tooth by using a small sensor which records the image and sends it to a computer or television. The result is a highly detailed image of your tooth that can be enhanced to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each case.
SEDATION DENTISTRY / DENTAL ANXIETY
Sedation can be used when a patient has a high level of anxiety or dental phobia. We are happy to offer several options for our patients to make their dental visit as comfortable as possible. Sedation dentistry techniques enable the patients who might otherwise avoid the dentist to receive dental treatment necessary for a healthy smile. Depending on the extent of the anxiety varying degrees of dental sedation can be utilized.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation:
Nitrous Oxide sedation, also known as "laughing gas" is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. This sedation is inhaled through your nose, and induces a nice state of relaxation.
Oral "pill" medication can be given to a patient 45-60 minutes prior to the dental appointment. Our intent with the oral sedative is to make you very relaxed. You must have someone drive you to and from your dental appointment when oral sedatives are used.