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in dentistry, as in other health care fields, the ability to “see” skeletal structures, nerves and muscles is a major part of the diagnostic process. 3D radiographic imaging technology is used to assist dentists in visualizing teeth, jaw bone and other anatomical landmarks of the head and neck. 3D Cone Beam Imaging is an exciting technology – in one visit, dentists are able to acquire comprehensive diagnostic images and discuss treatment options with you, all in the comfort of our own facility.

As the name suggests, this treatment utilizes computer software and computed tomography (CT) 3D imaging to aid in the placement of the dental implants. This helps to ensure accurate achieve, optimal placement for a tooth replacement that is strong and long lasting. For more information about the X-Guide Dynamic 3D Navigation system for implant surgery and other dentistry procedures continue reading.

What are usages of 3D navigation ?

This type of imaging supports dentistry in a number of ways:

  • Dental Implant Restoration Planning– dentists use 3D imaging tools to help them determine which areas of the jaw bone are suitable for implants. The planning software also gives our periodontist and oral surgeons the ability to use a guided surgery approach for dental implant placement.
  • Root Canals & Wisdom Teeth Extraction– the ability to “rotate” a tooth in 3D provides endodontist (root canal specialist) and oral surgeons with additional measurement information as well as details about the shape and location of tooth roots. Having this information in advance of treatment helps your dentist and specialists plan for procedures.
  • Alternative to Intraoral X-rays– for patients that are unable to tolerate x-rays taken inside the mouth, cone beam imaging affords us the opportunity to take a comfortable image in just seconds and complete your dental examination.
  • Orthodontic Treatment– multiple views, along with standard views of teeth and facial structures provide our orthodontist with diagnostic information to help anticipate tooth movement and eruption in managing orthodontic treatment.
  • 3D Cone Beam Imaging integrates directly with CEREC® restorative technology. CEREC® CAD-CAM software works with a rendered 3D image of the dental implant to assist the dentist in designing a custom restoration to fit the implant and restore healthy function to your smile.

How does the x-guide dynamic 3D navigathion system help with dental implants?


This system improves dentistry processes in these ways:

  • Easy navigation for better control— The patent-pending X-Guide Dynamic 3D Navigation makes it easy for dentists to look at the screen and concentrate on one dynamic focal point to assist in precisely guiding the surgical implant. This improves the function and aesthetic outcomes.
  • Confident planning — The X-Guide features elaborate planning software that facilitates all factors for the ideal implant location. dentists can visualize the placement of virtual teeth for better aesthetic planning.
  • Precise placement— The X-Guide’s navigation technology delivers the first, single-view guidance of implant position, angle, and depth. This enables us to provide same-day implant placement for many patients.

How 3D dental imaging works

Getting a 3-D dental scan is completely painless, takes only a few minutes total & requires no preparation beforehand. The cone beam CT scanner is mounted on an arm that rotates around your head while you stand or sit under it. You will be asked to place your chin on a special platform & the entire scanner can be raised or lowered to a height that is comfortable for you. Your only task during the scanning process is to hold as still as possible. The scan usually lasts less than half a minute.

3-D x-ray doesn’t require you to bite down on a sensor like bite-wing x-rays, but you may be asked to bite down on a small disposable tab to help ensure alignment. To get an accurate image, your face must be centered & your mouth level. A brace or strap may be used to keep your head still. The team member carrying out the scan will ensure you’re positioned properly before performing the scan.

3D Imaging Emit Less radiation than traditional imaging

Dental cone beam CT machines emit less radiation than traditional CT scans & traditional film x-rays, so your exposure is brief & minimal. You can be draped with a lead vest if desired. Pregnant women should inform the dentist of their situation before getting a 3-D x-ray or x-rays of any kind.

The 3-D x-ray scanner creates a 3-D digital image instantaneously, meaning there’s no waiting for film to develop. The fact that the images are digital also makes it very easy to share your scans with any specialist dentists who may be involved in your care, such as an orthodontist or a prosthodontist.

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