Digital Dentistry - Extraoral
Carestream 9600 Cone Beam Scanner
Also known as CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography). We are proud that we were one of the first periodontal practices to incorporate this technology into our practice. We utilize the Carestream 9600. This is a state-of-the-art scanner that allows us to visualize a patient's complete oral and dental anatomy in 3 dimensions, while emitting minimal radiation. The typical scan is equivalent to 4 regular dental X-rays.
By producing incredibly detailed, crystal-clear 3D images, the CS 9600 digital radiography system offers our team powerful insights into specific dental regions of interest. This capability is essential for a wide range of patient diagnostics that, in turn, help us devise your treatment plans and answer any questions you have about your care and treatment options.
The information we gain from this technology is amazing. We can visualize all important anatomic structures (nerves and sinus, etc..). We can measure the volume and density of the jaw bone in the area we are planning to work on. We can utilize sophisticated software to plan our surgeries. Computer guided surgery allows us to fabricate a surgical guide prior to implant placement which directs exactly where the implants will be inserted. This minimizes the time of surgery, and thus reduces the typical after effects of a surgical procedure.
Practices without CBCT are forced to either work without complete imaging or are required to refer patients to a radiology center where they are often scanned using medical grade Cat Scan machines, which emit a tremendous amount of radiation versus CBCT. By using less radiation than conventional CT scans, the CS 9600 system better helps us adhere to the ALARA Principle – or, “As Low As Reasonably Achievable.” We take every precaution to minimize patient exposure to radiation when obtaining the necessary diagnostic images needed for treatment planning.
Digital Dentistry - Intraoral
Carestream 3600 Intraoral Scanner
The state-of-the-art 3D digital scanning capabilities of the Carestream 3600 Intraoral Scanner allows us to create a 3D digital impression of the patient’s mouth. Not only is this scanner more accurate and faster, but it is significantly more comfortable for the patient.
Adding the Intra-oral scanner to our practice has been revolutionary. Messy, annoying impressions with goopy material that sits in your mouth for several minutes is a thing of the past! We can capture the same information digitally in less than a minute. The information is more accurate, and we have a digital record of your mouth.
We use the Digital images for several things - we can send to a laboratory or your general dentist, and we can have things like retainers made digitally. The most useful benefit is that we can digitally combine the information from the into-oral scanner with the digital information we get from our Cone Beam Scanner (CBCT). Once we combine the information, we then utilize sophisticated software to plan all implant cases digitally. We can collaborate with the restorative and laboratory team, and we can have surgical guides fabricated with tremendous accuracy.