People speak loosely of “the cutting edge” but how do we determine the sharpest blades in any professional venue? Certainly it cannot simply be self-proclaimed. It must be earned by an aggressive effort to consistently contribute to the well-being of society, bringing ease to difficult paths in ways that are innovative and scientifically pristine. In the dental profession, CT scanning technology has brought many specialty practices to the cutting edge.
From the standpoint of predictability, CT scanning enhances dental implant protocols, oral surgery, root canal therapy and orthodontic treatment, honing in on ultimate precision. Because it accomplishes its tasks with reduced levels of radiation, it is also safer and more affordable for the patient.
CT scanning simplifies surgical planning, providing the clinician or the radiologist with an opportunity to diagnose both dental and non-dental pathology within the area of the scan. Studies prove that CT technology more accurately depicts bone height, width, and important anatomic structures than traditional two-dimensional x-rays.
In a Pi Dental Center research analysis, a board certified oral-maxillofacial radiologist evaluated 261 consecutive patient scans. Ninety-five percent (248 0f 261) of these scans indicated non-dental pathology and seventy-eight percent were diagnosed with multiple pathologies. Problems found ranged from the relatively innocuous chronic sinusitis to potentially more serious findings such as intracranial calcifications, multiple myeloma, soft tissue masses and proptosis. A list of 28 different diagnosed non-dental pathologies discovered in the study is found below.
|Mucous retention pseudocyst in sinus|
|Narrowing of the osteomeatal complex|
|Pneumatization of sinus|
|Osteoarthritis of the TMJ|
|Remodeling of TMJ|
|Internal Derangement of the TMJ|
|Calcification of carotid arteries|
|Degenerative cervical spine|
|Herniation of an intervertebral disc|
|Soft Tissue Mass|
|Florid Osseous Dysplasia|
The Pi in our logo designates our full name, Prosthodontics Intermedica, and our mission to treat the whole patient and not just the smile. The use of CT scans has helped us fulfill that mission and to direct those patients facing jeopardy into the hands of specialists who can provide the most skilled solutions.