Berks Oral Surgery was the first surgical practice in Berks County to have its own cone beam CT scanner. Cone beam CT technology has wide ranging applications particularly in dental implant therapy. Our CT scanner provides us with three dimensional images of a patient's jaws and allows for pre-surgical treatment planning and virtual surgery resulting in safe and precise implant placement. This allows us to dramatically shorten surgical time thereby reducing post-operative pain and swelling. In some cases, teeth may be placed on the implants on the same day of surgery due to the information gathered from pre-operative computer planning.
In addition to its uses in implant therapy, our CT scanner is useful in planning jaw reconstructive surgery, as well as complex pathology cases. Radiation exposure from cone-beam CT scanners is significantly less than from hospital grade CT scanners. The amount of radiation exposure is often less than from a full-mouth dental series. In addition, CT scans performed in our facility are typically significantly less expensive than those performed in hospitals or imaging centers.