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Simpson Dental Associates is pleased to introduce the Cone Beam 3D Extraoral Imaging System or the CS 9000, for short. Our new CS 9000 is a state-of-the-art dental X-ray machine that emits a beam shaped like a cone, as opposed to the fan shape of conventional CT machines.

CT stands for “computed tomography,” which simply refers to an imaging procedure that creates detailed pictures of a scanned object, such as specific regions inside the human body.

Within the last 13 years or so, cone-beam imaging has become the cutting-edge preference (over conventional tomography) for a number of important dental assessments. The most common uses for cone-beam imaging in dentistry are:

— assessing the jaws for the placing of dental implants

— the evaluation of TMJ

— the examination of the teeth and facial structures for orthodontic treatment

— determining the proximity of the mandibular nerve, in relation of the lower wisdom teeth, prior to extraction

— detection of oral infections, cysts and tumors

In short, the CS 9000 uses state-of-the-art technology to provide an unprecedented amount of information to our dentists, allowing them to assess your oral health needs through images of the highest possible resolution. The CS 9000 gives us more precise information that helps us to make even more precise diagnoses.

Plus, it’s actually quite fascinating to view your own teeth in high-quality 3D! And naturally, the CS 9000 is designed with the patient’s comfort and safety in mind. It outputs the lowest amount of radiation during use, and its pulsed scans further reduce the amount of radiation exposure.

Incidentally, the new machine replaces our Illuma machine, which by the way, was one of the very first CT Cone-Beam 3D scanners in West Virginia. But now, with the CS 9000’s versatility, low radiation exposure and crystal clear images, Simpson Dental Associates is pleased to bring this innovative technology to our office that we might better serve our patients.