What is a cone beam computed tomography scan?

A CBCT scan is a 3-dimensional radiographic image that displays patient information in 3 dimensions.

Should CBCT scans be read or interpreted by a Radiologist?

Yes. The dentist taking the cone beam computed tomography scan is responsible for the information contained in the entire scan, even if it is outside of the oral cavity. Oral Maxillofacial Radiologists are dental specialists trained in the manipulation and interpretation of CBCT (cone beam CT scans), X-rays such as panoramic, cephalometric, intraoral, occlusal, periapical and bitewing radiographs and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

Can Oral Radiologists perform implant treatment planning and make surgical guides?

Implant planning and surgical guide fabrication are not part of Maxillofacial Radiology training. However, when Radiologists are experienced in the clinical practice of Dental Implants they can contribute to the treatment planning of dental implants when performing the interpretation of CBCT scans and also fabricate surgical guides. Dr. Silva has 13 years of clinical practice experience as a General Dentist and is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a worldwide Association of Implant experts and has clinical experience in the placement and restoration of dental implants.

Are there other services an Dr. Silva can perform in addition to interpreting CBCT scans or X-rays?

Yes. Dr. Silva can provide services such as nerve mapping, cephalometric analysis, linear and density bone measurements, 3D volume rendering, analysis of impacted teeth, virtual implant, restoration and abutment placement, fabrication of surgical guides for dental implants and orthognathic surgery, interpretation of pathology and normal anatomy, interpretation of caries and periodontal disease and consultation on comprehensive treatment planning.

In addition, Dr. Silva is factory-trained in iCat, Morita and Planmeca scanners and can offer in-office training to the entire dental team on CBCT scanners as well as InVivo, Romexis and Blue Sky Bio software programs for DICOM viewing.

As a PACE-Provider, Dr. Silva can award Continuing Education credits for training sessions.

Lastly, Dr. Silva can provide expert consultations on compliance issues regarding Radiation use as well as expert guidance on equipment purchase.

What is the turn-around time for radiographic reports?

Usually 2 days unless prior consultation with the referring dentist is required. Reports are sent via snail mail.