The Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is pleased to announce the acquisition of the state of the art i-CAT cone beam 3-D dental imaging system. The i-CAT provides high-definition, in-office, three-dimensional, digital imaging at a reduced cost and significantly less radiation than traditional medical CT scans.
Now, patients visiting the Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery will benefit from having the most advanced 3-D dental and facial imaging available. Patients can view their CT scan along with our Doctors, which will allow them to better understand their diagnosis, treatment plan and expected outcome 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 their surgeon to benefit from additional imaging.
The i-CAT’s 3-D, volumetric imaging system provides a complete view of all oral and maxillofacial structures, giving the most thorough diagnostic information possible. Our Doctors can more accurately diagnose and predictably treat patients than with conventional 2 dimensional imaging. Every aspect of the facial skeleton can be evaluated with distortion-free images reconstructed from true volumetric data gathered by an advanced digital sensor. Measurements are all one-to-one, with no magnification error.
The standard of care has changed. Patients are more informed and demand a higher level of care. Our Doctors can now 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.
Because of the I-CAT Scan, patients with impacted teeth will benefit from less surgical uncertainty than when diagnosed with 2 dimensional periapical or panoramic radiographs. We can now 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 will allow our patients to understand their risk of complications. With this technology, we can better plan and perform dentoalveolar surgery of all kinds.
Where is that supernumerary tooth? Orthodontic applications 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 I-CAT provides us the best information available with which to treatment plan 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, demonstrate the conditions to you and your patient and 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, in the convenience of our office at the Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, implant planning is optimized because we are able to visualize the opposing dentition while examining the proposed implant site. The I-CAT Scan provides for better implant placement and prosthetic outcomes.
The I-CAT has applications for every dental specialty. Endodontics, Orthodontics, temporomandibular joint studies, implants, pathology, trauma, congenital defects, orthognathics and more. We invite you to come and see how we can help you and your patients.