Advances in facial surgery treat more complex issues than ever before, and many of these innovations are facilitated by modern technology, such as digital radiography that allows the oral surgeon to use three-dimensional images to develop the treatment plan. This results in more predictable procedures and fewer surprises when the surgeon enters the surgical field.
Cone beam computed tomography (CT) scans are increasingly common in assessment for facial surgery. This unique imaging combines multiple two-dimensional captures into a single three-dimensional representation of the targeted structure.
An oral surgeon can use CT scans to evaluate the quality of the bone at the site where dental implants will be placed. The surgeon can determine the likelihood of long-term dental implant success or whether a bone graft might be beneficial in the patient’s case. The surgeon can also clearly identify the location of sensitive areas, such as nerves, that should be avoided with implant placement. Surgeons can even “practice” dental implant placement in a virtual arena before placing actual implants in a patient’s jaw.
Similarly, digital radiography is instrumental in planning for wisdom teeth removal. Extracting the large third molars is usually more complex than removing other teeth because the wisdom teeth are often impacted. Radiography can illustrate the degree of the impaction and indicate how much bone needs to be removed, and where that bone is.
Of course, technology is merely one component that enhances patient care and improves chances of a successful surgical intervention. You and your surgeon must also collaborate on preparing for surgery and post-operative care to maximize your likelihood of experiencing positive treatment outcomes. If you have any questions about any aspect of your care, don’t hesitate to ask. We want you to have all of the necessary information that will help you navigate the process.
Surgical procedures can significantly contribute to your oral health, and in many cases, corresponding technology helps to promote the success of these procedures. To learn more about how our practice incorporates such technology into the treatment planning process, call and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members at Commonwealth Oral & Facial Surgery.