3D imaging has transformed the way that dentists can gather information, resulting in an increased ability to accurately diagnose patients, and leading to an overall better dental experience for their patients. Although 3D is a relatively new technology to dentistry, it is giving doctors the capacity to design treatment plans in a manner that previously could not have been imagined.
The change from interpreting two-dimensional data to diagnosing from 3D imaging has forever altered the way that dentists perform their work. With 3D imaging, information is gathered and assembled by software into three-dimensional views. The data can then be imported into CD’s and given to patients or other dental specialists. The information is then utilized for the purpose of complete diagnostic breakdown and pre-surgical treatment planning.
Digital Diagnosis Has Never Been So Simple
Dentists have now found that 3D imaging is indispensable in a wide assortment of dental treatment planning. It is already at the point where in some cases doctors can only understand how to help a patient best with the use of 3D imaging.
Some of the most notable uses of 3D imaging technology include:
- Treatment planning for the extraction of molars
- Pre-surgical planning for proximity to nerves
- Diagnosing pathology of all types
- Dental pulp removal and visualizing fractured roots
- Understanding the cause of previously undiagnosed pain
- Treating inflamed roots and accessory canals
- Visualizing sinus tissues for cyst analysis
- Understanding the cause of joint dysfunctions
- Diagnosing the actual extent of periodontal disease
For implant treatment planning, it is by no means the case that 3D imaging is required for all patients; however; there are situations where two dimensions are simply not enough, and the addition of 3D becomes the most accurate means of providing a proper diagnosis. Simply put, the existence of this technology has changed the standard of care in the dental profession when it comes to diagnosis and dental preparation.
3D Imaging is compatible with CEREC prosthetic and implant planning. This combination allows for:
- Increased patient understanding and treatment acceptance
- Improved diagnostics with clear 3D x-ray and intra-oral surface images
- Simultaneous prosthetic and surgical planning
- Improved implant accuracy with CEREC and SICAT surgical guides
- Enhanced surgical ease, speed, and outcomes
- Digital impressions that create a comprehensive patient record
- Maximum patient convenience with minimal office visits
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