Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) October 03, 2013
Dr. Stephen Kobernick now uses Cone Beam technology for a better understanding of his patients’ anatomy, allowing him to place dental implants in exactly the right place and more effectively replace missing teeth. Traditionally, dental professionals used dental x-rays to determine what a patient’s dental structure was like. These x-rays only provide a limited picture of the patient’s mouth and jaw. Recent developments in technology have led to Cone Beam imaging, which produces 3D, high-resolution images of the mouth.
Cone beam imaging is different than a traditional dental x-ray because it uses an x-ray beam that is shaped like a cone rather than using a fan shape. After the beam passes through the patient, the remnants are collected on a silicon panel or charge-coupled device (CCD) detector. Hundreds of images are taken of the patient’s head and are used together to form a comprehensive image of the patient, including soft tissue. Dr. Kobernick and his team are experienced at reading and interpreting these generated images.
Dental professionals often use this type of imaging to determine the precise placement of dental implants. Dr. Kobernick recommends implants as the leading permanent tooth replacement solution for patients with missing teeth. After evaluating images generated by cone beam imaging, Dr. Kobernick determines whether or not implants are a good option for each patient, based on factors like jaw bone density. The images will reveal if the patients’ jaw bone is at a healthy enough degree of density to support implants. If the bone looks healthy enough, Dr. Kobernick will place the implants by first placing a titanium base in the bone of the jaw. An abutment piece and natural-looking crown will then be attached to the base. Patients will then care for the implants as they would their natural teeth.
Cone beam imaging can make for easier and more effective implant placement. To learn more about cone beam technology and tooth replacement, interested parties can visit http://www.clearwater-periodontist.com.
About The Doctor
The Art of Periodontics is a periodontal practice offering patients personalized dental care in periodontics, laser therapy and implant dentistry for Clearwater, Florida. Dr. Stephen Kobernick received his Bachelor of Science from University of Delaware in 1984; his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1988; a Certificate of Periodontics and Implantology from University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 1990; and completed extensive training at the Institute of Advanced Laser Dentistry. Dr. Kobernick is part of the one percent of dental professionals offering the FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. To learn more about Dr. Kobernick and his dental services visit his website at http://www.clearwater-periodontist.com and call (727) 386-7092.