In medicine, it should be first and foremost about knowledge and facts – not about faith, let alone hope!
Digital three-dimensional X-ray technology is an important part of our daily work. Above all, it demonstrates the exact locations of anatomical structures prior to surgical interventions. This means for our patients – safe gentle treatments that can be planned ahead of time!
DVT – the digital volumomograph in dental practice
The low-radiation “Cone beam volume CT” is the most modern form of X-ray technology. In our dental practice in Freiburg, we use three-dimensional images to assess and plan surgical procedures in advance.
- We are able to visualize the sensitive structures of the nerve tracts, the jawbone, the sinus cavity of the upper jaw, and the muscles.
- We can identify the height and width of the jaw bone allowing decisions over possible bone augmentation to be made.
- We can determine the ideal position for each individual implant.
- Only in this way is a gentle (minimally invasive) implantation procedure possible.
“Permanent teeth in one day” is not possible without DVT!
A treatment method such as All-on-4® would not possible without the use of a DVT.
Classical X-ray images are certainly sufficient for many diagnoses. Three-dimensional digital images, however, provide us with a wealth of information that enables the current situation to be optimally assessed – the diagnosis becomes more objective!
In the end, whether 2-D or 3-D, the decision impacts a person.
One thing is certain, an X-ray cannot replace the dentist’s experience! In the end we have to interpret the pictures and make decisions about treatments and therapies.
Based on this three-dimensional data, we collect additional facts that allow a more objective diagnosis. Ultimately, however, no picture replaces a doctor’s experience, and the images still require interpretation!
Incidentally, when compared to a conventional computer tomograph, the radiation exposure of a DVT is significantly lower for our patients. The X-ray images produced via DVT are only exposed very briefly, and when compared to a CT, the radiation dose is less than one tenth!