From your first visit in our office to your most recent visit, do you remember having one of our "3-D x-rays", also called a CB-CT, Cone Beam CT, or Cone Beam Computed Tomography? Do you remember having other x-rays, or radiographs - maybe you heard the term periapical or bite-wing? Aside from x-rays, or radiographs, have we coordinated specialty care for you, or have we sent your radiographs to be analyzed by a specialist? Do you recall any conversations with us in regard to a specialty referral: ENT specialist, primary care provider, cardiologist, or sleep specialist?
On a daily basis, there are few things more important than the x-rays we take and the oral evaluation we complete during and after your cleaning. The radiographs allow us to assess areas we wouldn't be able to see otherwise, and a visual exam of your mouth allows us to evaluate areas including gum disease, systemic disorders, nutrition issues, and oral cancer. Particularly in our effort to screen for oral cancer, x-rays and a visual oral evaluation in combination are critical. Using both of these assessment tools together allows us to provide a full and comprehensive evaluation.
At DeLacey Dental, we are lucky to have the imaging and diagnostic capabilities of our CB-CT. This 3-D scan is such a beneficial tool for us because it gives us a wealth of information. It allows us to treat patients more effectively, while also evaluating far more than just the teeth. We have used this tool as much for issues with the skull, head, and neck, as we have for the mouth and teeth! With this incredible instrument, we also ensure that our patients receive the highest level of care and evaluation, which requires us to regularly use this x-ray for referral to other specialty providers.
As we utilize these tools to the highest standards, we want to be sure that we are effectively providing education and information on what we provide and how we deliver quality oral healthcare. When you visit us at future appointments, feel free to ask more about your x-rays and the other diagnostic tools we use to assess your health.
Yours in health,
Dr. Tom DeLacey, Dr. Bryce Larson and our entire team
"DENTAL SCHOOL" - XRAYS
Installment 1 of 3
CBCT, 3D XRAY, HEAD AND NECK SCAN
Our "3-D x-ray" is also called a CBCT, Cone Beam CT, or Cone Beam Computed Tomography. It allows us to see a wealth of information and assess many different areas of your mouth, head, and neck. We regularly use this image in planning for implants, assessment of your airway, sinuses, and bony structures, and coordinating care with our specialists. Many times, we'll send this x-ray to a radiologist for evaluation due to the incredible amount of information that it contains. A specialist in reading x-rays, a radiologist can determine if there are any areas of concern that need further assessment.
Our CBCT is such a valuable tool for us to provide great care for you, our patient!
Check out the video below for more information and a quick demo.
APRIL IS ORAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Oral cancer is a group of cancers diagnosed in the head and neck, and includes tongue, tonsils, throat, lips, and anywhere else in or around the mouth. Over 51,000 estimated people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and over 640,000 worldwide. Oral and oropharyngeal cancers are estimated to cause one death every hour, but if diagnosed and detected early through examination, prognosis and survival rate may be improved to have a survival rate between 80-90%. Many times, however, oral cancers have been diagnosed late in development due to lack of public awareness, and lack of regular examination and screening for the patient.
With regular maintenance visits for cleanings and exams, oral cancer screening is completed by our hygienists and our doctors. Our team at DeLacey Dental is aware of the signs and symptoms of oral cancers, and we make every effort to ensure that we are screening thoroughly. The first warning signs are difficult to detect, which is why our exam at your regular scheduled cleaning appointment is so incredibly important.
We encourage you to keep a good schedule of regular maintenance and cleaning appointments, not only for the health of your teeth, but for your overall health!