Advanced Technology

Clinical examination and diagnostic imaging are essential components of the diagnosis and preoperative treatment planning in Endodontics.  Owensboro Endodontics uses surgical microscopes as well as digital imaging and cone beam CT, when appropriate, to optimize clinical examination and root canal therapy.

Surgical Microscopes

The introduction of the surgical microscope revolutionized the field of Endodontic Microsurgery. We have invested in the highest quality surgical microscopes, by Carl Zeiss, which provide unparalleled magnification and illumination for our diagnostic evaluation and surgical procedures.

Our success depends on our being able to see the minutest of details – you cannot treat what you cannot see.

Digital Imaging

Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Radiographs allow us to see many things that we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.

Owensboro Endodontics carefully chooses when and which radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Exposure time for dental radiographs is minimal. Owensboro Endodontics utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 90 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve additional valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.

Digital imaging also allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to other medical or dental specialists or insurance companies.

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)

Cone beam computed tomography is an innovative imaging technique that provides endodontists with three-dimensional views of the tooth and root anatomy and their relation to vital anatomic structures. In certain cases, CBCT greatly enhances the endodontist’s ability to diagnose, evaluate, treat and care for patients. As part of our commitment to providing best care, Owensboro Endodontics has invested in the state of the art Carestream 8100 3D Cone Beam CT, the market leader in Endodontics.  Utilizing a limited Field-of-View, our 3D CBCT system is able to offer increased spatial resolution, lower and limited radiation dose, and three-dimensional imaging. Used only when appropriate and consistent with scientifically-based guidance and national recommendations, CBCT can be invaluable in the diagnosis and management of traumatic dental injuries; suspected root fractures (“cracked tooth”); complex tooth anatomy including extra canals; nonsurgical and surgical treatment planning; and more.  The increased diagnostic information obtained with CBCT can result in more accurate diagnosis and improved decision planning.