We are proud to introduce the newest technological addition to our office— the J. Morita Veraviewpocs 3-dimentional cone beam CT (CBCT) machine. This technology enables us to take a limited field of view scan of the tooth or an area in the jaw in high quality 3D rendering. The two scan sizes we are able to take are 4 x 4 cm or a vertical 4 x 8 cm at a high resolution of at a 125µm voxel.
In addition to thorough clinical examination, accurate diagnostic imaging enables clinicians to better visualize the area in question and support the clinical diagnosis, treatment plan, and outcome assessment. Conventional two-dimensional (2D) radiographs continue to be the most popular method of imaging today. However, the advent of 3D imaging using CBCT has overcome many of the challenges presented with 2D imaging including distortion and superimposition of anatomical structures.
Our Veraviewpocs CBCT has been of great value and its applications in our office have included but are not limited to preoperative anatomy assessment, endodontic diagnosis and detection of periapical lesions, non-surgical and surgical treatment planning, detection of traumatic dental injuries, detection of resorption defects, and aiding in assessment of cracked and fractured teeth. Its use can also be implemented in all other aspects of dentistry including periodontics, surgery, and general practice.
We would like to take a CBCT on all previously treated teeth, calcified cases, teeth suspected of having multiple canals such as mandibular anteriors or premolars, surgical cases, resorption cases, suspicion of vertical root fracutre, and in trauma cases. The increased diagnostic information provided by the CBCT can help us achieve more accurate diagnoses and improve our decision making for the management of complex endodontic problems in our office.
Unfortunately with this being new technology, insurance companies are rarely paying for the CBCT. Our charge at this time is $185. This includes interpretation and diagnosis of routine scans. However, for any questionable or abnormal cases we will be sending those scans to be read by a radiologist which is also included in our fee. Informing your patients that this is now the standard of care in these situations can help prepare them for the possible need for a scan in their situation.
We are happy to be your imaging center as well if you would like to refer a patient to our office for a CBCT prior to implant placement or any other need. We will not be interpreting those scans and you will receive the scan on a disc for you to read. If you would like your scan to be read by a radiologist as previously mentioned, the radiologist’s fee will be added to this. A report back from the radiologist will accompany the disc you receive should you choose to have the scan interpreted.
We invite you to stop by the office to see our new J. Morita CBCT machine and welcome any interest and questions in how we can continue to provide exceptional dental care for your patients using this technology.