New dental technology enhances holistic care at Carl McMillan DMD PA in Cary NC
When dentistry from a holistic perspective combines with sophisticated technologies, patients get a powerful dental and health ally. The dental technology in Cary NC at Carl McMillan DMD PA complements the holistic techniques and principles that are at the heart of the practice; advanced diagnostic tools such as Planmeca ProMax® 3D Mid facilitate a safe, pleasant, comfortable experience, and the development of effective treatment plans thanks to the system’s vivid, full-color panoramic imagery.
An accurate diagnosis is key to unlocking the right treatment to resolve the root cause of your problems, not just relieve symptoms. Tools that produce expansive and clear 3-Dimensional images of the teeth and other oral structures aid in the accurate diagnosis and the early detection of a variety of conditions, including:
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Oral infections
- Bite problems
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders
Available at both Holistic Dental Centers’ Cary NC and Cornelius NC offices, the Planmeca ProMax® 3D system, in turn, plays a vital role in a variety of treatments – from the restoration and replacement of teeth, and orthodontics, to oral surgery and TMJ analysis.
Benefit from Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
The new Planmeca unit is a true “all-in-one” CBCT machine, equipped with 3-Dimensional imaging, 3-Dimensional photo, and digital 2-Dimensional panoramic imaging. It’s capabilities also include cephalometry, which refers to measuring and studying the head and face.
CBCT units generally are a welcome departure from conventional computed tomography (CT) scans. While the images produced are similar, CBCT systems feature an arm that rotates a full 360 degrees to capture data about the teeth, mouth, jaws, ears, nose, and throat from multiple angles using a cone-shaped X-ray beam. Furthermore, several quality images and perspectives are produced with a single scan for a more complete understanding of the true nature of conditions and the true source of pain and other distressing symptoms.
Traditional X-rays have no place at Holistic Dental Centers. The Planmeca 3D CBCT is an ultra-low dose radiation system. When compared with standard imaging, the Planmeca family of 3D units achieves an average 77% reduction in radiation dose. Safety is assured. As a noninvasive diagnostic tool, there is no preparation associated with this imaging system. Patients are simply asked to sit still as the unit makes its rotation; in as little as 20 to 40 seconds, the entire mouth can be scanned. A “regional” scan of a specific area or oral structure takes less than 10 seconds.
The many images of your mouth from different angles are stitched together to create a single, 3D digital reconstruction. Holistic Dental Centers Drs Carl McMillan and Luis Crespo use these precise images to also educate and communicate their treatment plans with you.