Digital 3D Imaging

A Dental 3D scan allows our clinicians to view dental anatomy from different angles. A 3D scan can help gain a better view of bone structures, such as adjacent root positions, in order to locate canals and root fractures, as well as provide the ability to more accurately measure anatomical structures. These scans also support a wide range of diagnosis and treatment planning, making them extremely flexible. Further, they increase the possibility of treatment success, granting practitioners greater predictability and confidence in preparing for extractions, performing root evaluations, and placing implants.

What is a Dental Cone Beam CT?

Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray machine used in situations where regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. It is not used routinely because the radiation exposure from this scanner is more than regular dental x-rays. This type of CT scanner uses a special type of technology to generate three dimensional (3-D) images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan. Images obtained with cone beam CT allow for more precise treatment planning.

Dental cone beam CT is commonly used for treatment planning of more complex cases that involve:

  • Surgical planning for impacted teeth.

  • Diagnosing Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ).

  • Evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals and nasal cavity.

  • Determining bone structure and tooth orientation.

The i-CAT FLX V17

Combining highly precise, cone beam 3D technology with flexible planning and treatment tools, i-CAT offers our staff a full suite of solutions to better care for our patients with greater confidence and control.