Steven L. Goldberg, DDS Introduces 3-D Dental Imaging For Better Patient Care
Dr. Steven L. Goldberg is enhancing treatment planning and patient care with the advanced digital imaging technology of the Gendex GXCB-500.
Dr. Goldberg, Marlboro , NJ, is now using the latest in dental imaging technology, the GXCB-500, a Cone Beam 3-D dental imaging system. Cone Beam technology is quickly advancing the dental industry’s leading approach to treatment planning and diagnosis. With a quick scan around the patient’s head, Dr. Goldberg, can now view 3-D patient anatomy to accomplish more precise evaluation for predictable treatment results in shorter appointment times for the patient.
Dentistry’s most accurate imaging. Dr. Goldberg has chosen this technology to enhance treatment care for patients in the greater Monmouth/Middlesex County area. Using the GXCB-500 scanner’s high resolution images, Dr. Goldberg, obtains highly accurate and detailed three-dimensional views of all anatomies such as bone, teeth, tooth orientation, tooth and nerve relation, airways and sinuses. This 3-D dental imaging is used for implant planning, TMJ and airway analysis, orthodontic and oral surgery planning, and to detect pathologies such as cysts and tumors.
Safety and Convenience for Patients. Dr. Goldberg can now take an immediate scan for patients with lower radiation dosage and without the inconvenience of sending them to a hospital. Once the scan is complete, Dr. Goldberg is able to share an immediate visual diagnosis to help patients truly visualize and better understand treatment options. These preoperative scans are easily shared with other doctors helping Dr. Goldberg perform less invasive procedures through increased precision, thus reducing risks for patients.
“It is our goal to provide the best care for our patients. To meet this goal, we have incorporated many high-tech devices and procedures,” relays Dr. Goldberg. “Therefore, we are delighted to now offer Cone Beam 3-D technology to the patients who put their trust in us. We are pleased to know more about their anatomy before we begin any treatment.”
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3D digital x-rays are essentially CAT scans of the mouth and jaw areas. These-state-of-the-art scans are accomplished in our office in a matter of seconds. Dr. Goldberg has invested in this technology to better serve his patients, and provide the peace of mind that his diagnosis and treatment plans are based on the most comprehensive information found in dental x-rays today.
3D x-rays yield a wealth of information that is used to precisely plan for treatment before many procedures begin. Your anatomy, seen in three dimensions, can be enlarged, rotated, and divided in any direction, thus revealing potential problem areas during the treatment planning process. Better planning leads to more predictable treatment results in procedures such as implant placement, oral surgery, Temporomandibular Joint analysis (TMJ) , and more.
IMPLANTS: Cross-sections, not possible with standard dental x-rays, allow us to accurately measure the bone to choose the best implant for the site as well as to evaluate whether a patient is a good candidate for an implant.
Oral Surgery: Knowing the exact location of teeth in relation to other dental structures, such as nerves and sinuses, allows for the safest tooth removal procedure.
TMJ: With a 3D scan, Dr. Goldberg can view joints and adjacent structures from every angle, leading to better planning for the treatment of jaw, facial and neck pain.
Dental Trauma: The 3D scan provides more significant information than traditional x-rays in the diagnosis and treatment of traumas to the teeth and jaw. Patients whose jaws or teeth have been injured in automobile accidents or falls can be scanned easily and without visiting a hospital or imaging center.
Taking a 3D image is a simple process for the patient. You will be comfortably seated in the unit and asked to place your chin on a chin rest. After a few quick positioning adjustments, the scan begins. The scan is painless and lasts about 9 seconds- 20 seconds later, the images are on the computer screen ready for immediate diagnosis. You will be able to appreciate the co-diagnosis process since 3D images allow you to truly visualize and better understand your treatment options.
Understanding that many patients are concerned about radiation exposure, Dr. Goldberg has chosen a system with the lowest radiation output. The GXCB-500 uses at least 10 times less radiation than traditional medical CT scans. The system's standard scan is slightly less than the equivalent of 4 standard film bitewing x-rays.
Traditionally, crowns and onlays were two or three visit procedures. Dr Goldberg's acquisition of the Cerec technology enables him to start and complete most crowns and onlays in one 1-hour visit. After Dr. Goldberg prepares the tooth, an optical 3D image is acquired with a small camera. The restoration is created on a screen and using Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture (CAD/CAM), the ceramic crown or onlay is milled in the office and immediately and permanently inserted.
Modern dental offices such as Dr. Goldberg's are now using digital radiography instead of the conventional method of using films to take x-rays. Digital radiography uses up to 90% less radiation than conventional radiography. Digital radiography also facilitates accurate reading of the x-ray. The image of the x-ray is displayed on a television monitor in front of the patient making it easier for the patient to see and understand the diagnosis and treatment plan.
Dr. Goldberg uses the SIROLaser in his practice. This laser can be used on soft tissue and has periodontal and implant applications including recontouring the gums and uncovering implants with minimal bleeding.