3-D Imaging – A Technological Breakthrough in Diagnosis and Treatment
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants is pleased to offer the state-of-the-art cone beam 3-D dental imaging system. 3D/cone beam technology provides high-definition, in-office, three-dimensional, digital imaging at a reduced cost and significantly less radiation than traditional medical CT scans.
Right in the Office
Now, patients visiting our office will benefit from having the most advanced 3-D dental and facial imaging available. Patients can view their CT scan along with their surgeon, allowing them to better understand their diagnosis, treatment plan, and expected outcome – all in one convenient visit. Patients no longer have to leave the office and visit a radiology center to have the CT scans obtained. Plus, the patient does not require an additional consultation appointment with a surgeon to benefit from additional imaging.
The technology’s 3-D, volumetric imaging system provides a complete view of all oral and maxillofacial structures, giving the most thorough diagnostic information possible. Our surgeons can more accurately diagnose and predictably treat patients than with conventional two-dimensional imaging. Every aspect of the facial skeleton can be evaluated with distortion-free images reconstructed from true volumetric data, which is gathered by an advanced digital sensor. Measurements are all one-to-one, with no magnification error.
Standard of Care
The standard of care has changed. Patients are more informed and demand a higher level of care. Drs. Omlie, Haas, Gulbrandsen, Kurtzman, Tidstrom, Stich, Pearson, Sundick, Neuner, McMahon, and Spanel now can determine precise tooth position and the proximity of other vital structures, such as adjacent teeth, the inferior alveolar nerve canal, the maxillary sinus walls, the nasal cavity, and cortical borders.
Impacted Teeth in Three Dimensions
Because of 3D/cone beam technology, patients with impacted teeth will benefit from less surgical uncertainty than when diagnosed with two-dimensional periapical or panoramic radiographs. We now can locate the impacted tooth precisely in 3 dimensions. This reduces surgery and anesthesia time, which translates into smoother and more pain-free recoveries.
The precise location of an impacted tooth and its exact relationship to the inferior alveolar nerve, maxillary sinus, or nasal cavity is identified. This allows our patients to understand their risk of complications. With this technology, we can better plan and perform dentoalveolar surgery of all kinds.
The orthodontic applications for 3D/cone beam imaging technology are numerous. From finding and defining the exact location of impacted and supernumerary teeth to full facial skeleton reconstructions, the applications of this technology to help orthodontists is limitless.
The Ultimate in Implant Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
3D/cone beam technology provides us the best information available with which to develop a treatment plan for implant placement. Widely accepted as the ultimate diagnostic study for implant treatment planning, we now have the ability right in our office to study the maxilla and mandible, to demonstrate the conditions to you and your patient, and to obtain predictable results with custom drill guides.
Vital structures and bone morphology at desired implant sites are identified and measured with absolute distortion-free data that’s reconstructed in three dimensions. With this technology, implant planning is optimized because we are able to visualize the opposing dentition while examining the proposed implant site. 3D/cone beam technology provides for better implant placement and prosthetic outcomes.
A Myriad of Applications
3D/cone beam imaging technology has applications for every dental specialty, including:
- Temporomandibular joint studies
- Congenital defects
We invite you to come and see how we can help you.