High-quality endodontic therapy is the basis for long-term function and treatment success, ensuring that our patients remain free of pain. State-of-the-art equipment and thorough clinical know-how are vitally important. Dr. Ceresa has been trained on all of the latest knowledge necessary in order to properly use the endodontic microscope during treatment. Today, the world‘s leading practicing dentists and researchers are largely in agreement that in endodontics the dental microscope has pushed the limits of treatment potential a long way towards enhancing long-term patient outcomes.
For the greatest accuracy in your treatment, Dr. Ceresa practices a number of microscope-assisted endondontic techniques. In addition to increasing magnification, the microscope also improves illumination to give the him a level of vision unattainable by the human eye. Additional benefits of our microscopic assisted endodontics include:
Digital radiography is technology that uses a sensor, computer and monitor to acquire, process, store, retrieve and display the radiographic image. In some cases, a scanner is required. Unlike a conventional radiograph, a digital radiographic image has no physical form. The dental radiograph seen in film-based radiography is analogous to a painting, where colors blend continuously to create the finished canvas. In filmless digital radiography, the image is more like a mosaic, tiny pieces put together to make the final portrait. These tiny dots of information, called pixels, are short for “picture elements.”
One of the most useful advantages of digital radiography is the ability it gives clinicians to send images to other practitioners in a matter of minutes, even while talking on the telephone. I have used that advantage numerous times,as I have consulted about a specific technique or have been required to send images to another practitioner while the patient in question was being treated. There are various ways to send an image, but the commonly used e-mail method is one of the easiest.
Digital radiography has been used widely in medicine, but it was only in the 1980s that the first intra-oral sensors were developed for use in dentistry. Unfortunately, the early systems could not capture panoramic and cephalometric images, and this made it impossible for surgeries to abandon film processing and adopt digital technology. Recently, the development of cost-effective intra- and extra-oral digital technology coupled with an increase in computerization of practices has made digital imaging a superior alternative in many respects to conventional film imaging.
A CBCT Scan, also known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography, is an X-ray technique that produces 3-D images of the skull and allows visualization of internal bony structures in cross section rather than as overlapping images typically produced by conventional x-ray exams. CBCT Scans are used to visualize bony structures, such as the teeth and jaw. CBCT Scans provide a wealth of 3D information when preparing for root canals, maxillofacial surgery, and advanced dental restorative procedures. Benefits of CBCT Scans include: higher accuracy when diagnosing root canals, greater chance for diagnosing conditions such as root fractures that can be missed on conventional x-rays, greater chance of providing information which may result in the patient avoiding unnecessary dental treatment. A CBCT Scan enhances your dentist's ability to see what needs to be done before treatment is started.
For more information, visit the American Association of Endodontists at www.AEE.org and Kavo.com