Treatment Planning

Computer Guided Planning & Placement

We use the latest technology to create our plans for implant placement.
We use CAD/CAM techniques in combination with precise models or temporaries to produce beautiful results that duplicate the natural teeth that have been lost.

With our Cone Beam CT technology we can scan the jaw in just 19 seconds, allowing us to determine the amount of bone available for dental implants. From the scan, we create a 3D image that is dimensionally accurate. From this image we create a plan for the placement of your implant that includes surgical guides to ensure it is placed exactly where planned.

Digital X-rays

For routine dental x-rays, such as bite-wing, full mouth series and periapical, we have the KODAK RVG 6100 Digital Radiography System which has the highest resolution digital imaging sensor on the market today. The sensors are more comfortable for patients and the more robust sensors reduce the patient radiation dose by up to 10% compared with the previous generation of sensors whose dosage requirements were already significantly less than conventional x-rays.

CT Scan/3D Imaging

In addition to digital x-rays for conventional dental x-rays, we are equipped with the Kodak 9000 extra-oral imaging system.

This equipment allows us to provide high-quality digital panoramic x-rays as well as focused-field 3D images (cone beam CT scan).

The panoramic x-ray gives a broad view of the entire mouth. This x-ray supplies information about the teeth, upper and lower jawbone, sinuses, jaw joints, and other hard and soft tissues of the head and neck. The panoramic X-ray has many applications, including evaluating patients with past or present TMJ or jaw joint problems; those who require full or partial removable dentures, dental implants, or braces; those who are at risk or suspected of having oral cancer or other tumors of the jaw, have impacted teeth (especially wisdom teeth) or have had any recent trauma to the face or teeth (e.g., can help identify a fractured jaw); and for those who cannot tolerate other types of films (severe gaggers).

We utilize five different software programs to analyze the data from cone beam CT scans, with each offering a slightly different distinction. The program we choose to use for a particular patient is dependent upon their unique needs. All the programs allow for visualization in three dimensions (regular radiographs are only two dimensional). We have encountered numerous situations where conventional radiographs have not revealed problems that were readily apparent in the cone beam CT image. With three of our programs, dental implants can be virtually placed in the software and surgical templates can be fabricated for ideal positioning of dental implants relative to the desired tooth position and bone. If you would like to stop by our office, we will be happy to show you our Kodak 9000 cone beam CT scanner and give you a demonstration.