Breakthroughs in Dentistry

CBCT imagingEach day, research centers discover information that improves people’s quality of life. Robert S. Schoor, DDS, associate professor and director of the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics at New York University (NYU) wrote an article entitled, “The role of antibiotics in periodontal diseases” which challenged the traditional view of using antibiotics for periodontal conditions. While the article expressed concerns about increase in bacterial resistance, allergic reactions and drug interactions associated with prophylactic administration of antibiotics, it also reiterated that surgery with prophylactic antibiotic supplementation demonstrated therapeutic outcomes comparable to surgery without such coverage.

Studies such as these help dentists take a closer look at established protocols regarding diagnosis and treatment. Each in its own way allows the doctor to obtain more detailed information that makes healing faster and avoids possible complications.

The same is true for CBCT imaging. A scan before procedures such as implants, restorations, and oral and maxillofacial or TMJ surgery, can determine precise tooth position to view tooth location, proximity to adjacent teeth and vital structures, nerve and sinus involvement and other conditions that will effect treatment. In some cases, a 3D view can help dentists to avoid unnecessary surgeries, resulting in procedures with less tissue trauma and speedier healing.  In orthodontics, a high-definition, low-dose scan can be used not only for thorough diagnosis; it can be used to create a 3D cephalometric analysis and produce virtual study models for impressionless dentistry.

With all of the innovative studies going on at research centers, we are excited to know that i-CAT is capturing 3D scans at NYU, and leading to possible new breakthroughs in dentistry and less invasive procedures. Whether the focus is biological, regarding antibiotic therapies, or anatomical, such as new options for implants, knowledge and cutting-edge technology are the ingredients to improved dental health and patient care. We are proud to add that extra dimension to research, diagnosis, and treatment.

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