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3-D Imaging Is A Game-Changer For Diagnosis & Developing Treatment Plans

  • March 1, 2011

COLLEGEVILLE, WILLIAMSPORT AND PHILADELPHIA, PA – Technology continues to improve the way in which we approach dental treatment, and one area where this is particularly true for Philadelphia, PA dental implants expert Dr. David DiGiallorenzo is in the realm of 3D ConeBeam Imaging.

3D ConeBeam Imaging shows more detail than traditional X-rays by providing more complete visual information from every angle. The benefits of this ability include:

  • It is simple, quick and painless for you, the patient, says Dr. DiGiallorenzo, a Philadelphia, PA periodontics specialist. You simply sit in a chair for a single, 10-second scan. From that scan, we can see colorful 3D views of your facial bones, teeth and other details from a variety of angles and in greater detail than traditional X-rays.
  • You are exposed to lower radiation dosages than medical-grade CT scanners.
  • Multiple types of 3D images can be created and viewed, making it easier for us to gain a complete understanding of your physiology prior to formulating a diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • It creates precise images, eliminating magnification errors that exist in traditional X-ray technology.
  • It enables better assessment of the jaws for placement of dental implants, evaluation of the temporomandibular joints for osseous degenerative changes, evaluation of the lower wisdom teeth to the mandibular nerve before extraction, and evaluation of teeth and bone for signs of tumors, cysts or infection.
  • It is easier for us to detect other potentially serious problems, such as soft tissue abnormalities and airway obstructions, says the Philadelphia, PA periodontist.
  • The original scan data can be duplicated at will to provide other specialists with images as necessary and because the images are digital, there is no film to get lost.

Cone-beam imaging has gained broad acceptance in the dentistry field since about 2003, according to an article in The Radiation Safety Journal.

“I have been exceedingly pleased with this type of technology,” Dr. DiGiallorenzo says. “It has proved to be helpful in preparation for dental implant procedures and through its use, it has enabled us to have much greater success in placing implants.
The Philadelphia, PA periodontists in our practice have used 3D ConeBeam Imaging for years.

“It’s difficult to imagine not having this technology at our fingertips,” Dr. DiGiallorenzo says. “It has been a game-changer in the way we diagnose and create treatment plans for our patients. We are much more confident in our accuracy.”

© 2011 Sinai Marketing and Dr. David Digiallorenzo.