Oral Surgery – Using State-of-the-Art Technology to Advance Our Practice in the 21st Century

Today, oral surgery in Cincinnati is very different than it was even 10 years ago. Whether the procedure is the removal of wisdom teeth, the placement of dental implants or jaw reconstruction for a bite problem, oral surgery has come a long way in a short period time—so short, in fact, that some oral surgery practices in Cincinnati and most family dental practices in Southwestern Ohio are still practicing to old standards set in the late 20th century.

At The Cincinnati Center for Corrective Jaw Surgery, we strive to be on the cutting edge of technological advances in oral surgery, sleep apnea surgery, dental implant surgery, corrective jaw surgery, nerve repair surgery, and conservative management of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. We do this by regularly using important technologies—technologies such as Cone Beam Computer Tomography.

CT scanning has been the standard of care in the medical profession for decades, and has since transformed the practice of medicine. The introduction of that technology eliminated a common procedure performed when I was a student known as “exploratory surgery.” Exploratory surgery was basically this: if a doctor didn’t know what was wrong with the patient, they would simply operate to get clarification or determine appropriate next steps. That procedure has (thankfully) all but disappeared from the medical world due to the rise of Computer Tomography or CT Scans.

In 2004, a variation of this technology became available to the dental profession and we were one of the first to offer it to our patients. It was called Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT), and it has since revolutionized not only oral surgery and maxillofacial procedures, but also the practice of dentistry as a whole.

CBCT is a selective scanning technique that uses pulses of radiation instead of continuous circles of radiation to produce 3D diagnostic images. The scan is faster and emits approximately 90% less radiation than conventional medical CT scans. The advent of less expensive, smaller and more compact scanners opened up the field of dentistry to what was once reserved for hospitals and medical practices.

In 2006, affordable Cone Beam CT scanning became available in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Center for Corrective Jaw Surgery was the second practice in Southern Ohio to obtain CBCT scanning for our patients. Today, we are the first and only practice in Southern Ohio to have Second Generation CBCT scanning capability for the benefit of our patients.

Using CBCT scanning, we can perform more accurate oral surgery, dental implant surgery and corrective jaw surgery. The ability to see the jaws in 3D allows us to visualize the sizes and shapes of tooth roots, and ultimately remove the tooth without nerve damage. 3D capability also reveals the height, width and density of the jawbone, which allows for the stable placement of dental implants into the jaw without hitting a nerve or the roots of the surrounding teeth.

Mishaps such as nerve damage and improper placement of dental implants can and do still regularly occur in the majority of practices, due largely to the lack of CBCT technology. Not at the Cincinnati Center for Corrective Surgery! Our practice is technology-driven, so you can rest assured that when you come in for an appointment, you are always receiving the best care possible—complete with CBCT. Schedule your appointment today by calling 513.232.8989. No referral is necessary.

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