Whitmore Dental recently acquired new, state-of-the-art technology that helps us in diagnosing and treating our patients with conditions such as TMD (temporomandibular disorder), a condition that leads to frequent jaw pain.
Most people are familiar with dental x-rays. Cone beam computed tomography, known as CBCT, is a medical imaging technique that creates three-dimensional, detailed images that provide much more clarity and information than a dental x-ray.
Our PreXion3D CBCT scanner consists of a comfortable chair combined with a scanning device, and the scan is completed very quickly. Rotating rapidly around the patient’s head, the scanner collects hundreds of images within seconds, which then create three-dimensional images.
With CBCT scanning, we’re able to see detailed images of the patient’s jaw and to find and assess any problems with jaw alignment. (The scanning is also invaluable in diagnosing tooth fractures, which often can’t be identified in regular x-rays.)
It’s unusual to find this level of technology in a general dentistry practice, and for us, it’s an investment that helps us to better care for our patients. Dr. Whitmore and our team have received specialized training in providing the dental scans. Dr. Whitmore also confers with dental radiologists when reviewing the scans.
The insights we gain from a CBCT scan are the first step towards helping our patients. We take a holistic, medication-free approach to treating jaw pain/TMD, For many of our TMD patients, problems originate with the bite—the way the upper and lower jaw work together.
For a number of our patients, short-term use of an orthotic can put their pain to rest. (An orthotic is a horseshoe-shaped piece of plastic that fits inside the mouth, subtly blends with the smile, and helps correct bite issues.) For others, we continue with a second phase of treatment, where we address issues with the bite through use of more permanent solutions, such as adding crowns or bonded porcelain.
Are you experiencing jaw pain, jaw fatigue or clicking, or re-occurring headaches? Contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.