All Foothills Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery office locations are equipped with the tools needed to serve our patients’ well.
In addition, our Athens office now has a cone beam X-ray machine, which allows 3-D imaging to assist in the diagnosis of pathology and impacted teeth. This new technology is also allowing better treatment planning for dental implants. We are pleased to proved the latest imaging technology in our office.
The GXCB-500 state-of-the-art technology helps Dr. Dwayne and Dr. Kevin Gross diagnose potential issues more accurately and provide treatment with unprecedented confidence. The GXCB-500 provides immediate diagnostic information on the patient to precisely plan implant treatment with exact measurements prior to surgery. Unlike a traditional spiral CT scanner, this 3D system utilizes cone beam CT technology and provides precise, crystal-clear digital images while minimizing your exposure to radiation. Our new 3D system enables us to perform a wider range of diagnoses and treatments in our office, helping to reduce multiple visits. The GXCB-500 scanner allows us to choose the field of view, or scanning area, that best suits your specific treatment needs.
Are 3D Digital Images Safe?
We understand that many patients are concerned about radiation exposure, we have chosen a system with the lowest radiation output. The GXCB-500 uses at least 10 times less radiation than traditional medical CT scans (Dr. J B Ludlow, Dept. of Diagnostic Sciences and General Dentistry, University of North Carolina). The system’s standard scan is 31 microsieverts or slightly less than the equivalent of 4 standard film bitewing x-rays. (ADA, “Digital X-rays”, 2006)
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