To support a higher level of patient care, our practice utilizes the I-CAT 3D cone beam imaging for diagnosis and placement of dental implants. The 3D computer-generated scans provide an ORTHOPHOS SL advanced and detailed look at existing teeth, bone,
nerves, and tissue with three-dimensional and cross-sectional views, which provide critical diagnostic information that, is not available with conventional dental x-rays. These 3D images are then combined with intra-oral CEREC scans of the mouth and stitched together to generate a 3D U-model replica of the patient. This technology allows the doctors to evaluate the quality, width, shape, and density of the bone where the dental implants will be placed. It guides us in determining the proper treatment approach for each individual patient and allows us to determine the precise placement of implants, particularly in areas near critical anatomical structures, such as sinuses and nerves. Once the surgery is treatment planned and performed on the digital model, a custom surgical guide is fabricated using 3D printing. This surgical guide is then utilized during implant surgery to assure the most accurate and aesthetically pleasing surgical outcome.