CBCT (Conebeam Computer Tomography) With Dr. Woodyard

Today we bring you Dr. James Woodyard, of Newburgh, IN. His website is http://www.woodyardperio.com/. Like Dr. De Andrade, Dr. Woodyard is constantly continuing his education to better serve his patients. In todays blog Dr. Woodyard will inform us about CBCT and how it allows him to treat his patients more precisely.

About Dr. James Woodyard

Dr. Woodyard with his wife and two sons in a meadow
Dr. Woodyard with his wife and two sons. Periodontist, Newburgh, IN.

In November 2005, Dr. Woodyard achieved Diplomate Status with the American Board of Periodontology. Such status indicates a periodontist who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty. Being the only ABP Board Certified Periodontist in the tri-state area and one of only a handful in the state of Indiana, he is truly a periodontist you can count on. Also in 2005, Dr. Woodyard founded the Select Study Club, a branch of the Seattle Study Club. This organization provides world class dental continuing education and a team approach to dentistry to its members in the tri-state area. He has published articles in several dental publications and has the chance to lecture to dental organizations on topics such as periodontal disease, periodontal plastic surgery, bone grafting and dental implant placement.

Along with being a husband and father to two young boys, Dr. Woodyard stays abreast of the latest advances in Periodontics.

Dr. Woodyard Explains CBCT

CBCT permits us to 3 dimensionally view a patients supporting bone and surrounding anatomic structures in the area of a proposed implant site. This allows us to perform more predictable and safe treatment. Predictable, in the sense, that it allows us to recognize most of the procedures we will need to do to prepare the implant, such as bone grafting. This allows us to give the patient a predictable financial estimate prior to treatment and avoid unexpected costs as much as possible. It is safe in that it allows us to see areas that we need to avoid such as sinus cavities and nerves. Unfortunately, often without a CBCT, damage to important vital structures can occur. In many cases however, a CBCT is considered to be the standard.

Patient Example

This patient had her back teeth removed 20 years ago because a dentist stated that the mercury in her silver filling caused her migraines. After the teeth were removed, not only did the migraines stay persistant, she was also stuck with a partial denture. The patient was told by several offices that dental implants could not be done because of the extensive bone loss where the teeth were missing.

side view xray of patients mouth
CBCT Image before block grafting – side view.
xray of patients mouth
CBCT Image before block grafting.

After an examination and a CBCT 3D scan with my office, I determined that with ridge augmentation to increase the available bone, it would allow implants to be placed. The bone augmentation went well and we placed 4 dental implants in about 6 months after the bone grafting. After 3 months her general dentist fabricated crowns on these implants and a new bridge on her front teeth.

xray of inside patients mouth
CBCT Image after block grafting.
side view xray of patients mouth
CBCT Image after block grafting – side view.

When she came in for her next visit to my office, she said she had been embarrassed for the past 20 years due to having to “take her teeth our at night”. Expressing tearfully that she felt she hadn’t been this happy since her wedding day. I will always remember this story and how proud it made me to be a part of something so life changing for someone.

-Thank you Dr. Woodyard for sharing, it is amazing how important having new technology in your office can really make a difference for our patients. If in Summerlin, Las Vegas or Henderson, NV please know that we offer this ultra-low radiation, very intuitive technology option to all of our patients at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants.