It’s all smiles at Moreton Dental Care today- not only is it the start of National Smile Month, but also the day the practice has moved into a new dimension!
We have just had the latest in X-ray technology installed- a dental cone beam CT scanner (CBCT) - which enables us to produce highly accurate 3-D images of patients’ jaws and teeth.
MDC is one of the first practices in the area to have its own CBCT scanner and is a big step forward because its scans will provide much more information than conventional 2-D X-rays usually taken in dental practices.
It is of particular benefit for patients considering dental implants or other special procedures such as root canal treatment, because it enables our dental team to assess the exact shape of the bone.
The new machine is causing great excitement among staff and the first patients to be scanned. They are marvelling at the clarity of the images produced from one low dose scan.
Dental radiographer Emma Eccles who has been training MDC staff how to use the scanner today, said: “The 3-D image always completely wows the patient.”
Practice principal Paul Sherrard says he will find 3-D imaging invaluable when planning dental implant cases. Previously patients whose jaw bones needed examining in 3-D have have had to travel to Liverpool for a CT scan.
“The images are of fantastic quality and will be very helpful to diagnose difficult problems,’ said Dr Sherrard.
The images obtained by CT scanning will not only show the quality and quantity of a patient’s bone, but also most importantly the presence of anatomical structures that must be avoided.