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i-CAT® 3D Imaging

3D scans can be completed in less than half a minute.  This means that far less radiation enters the body than if a regular set of bitewing x-rays were taken.  The main use for3D scans is as an aid to plan dental implant treatment and other oral surgery.

Dental implants are the most sophisticated replacement for missing teeth, but have historically proven to be time-consuming to place.  i-CAT® scans vastly reduce the time it takes to implant teeth.  It is thought that in the near future, implants will be placed in a single visit because of this unique type of imaging.

How are 3D scans used?

3D scans are advantageous because they allow the surgeon to magnify specific areas of the face.  In addition, the surgeon can easily view cross-sectional “slices” of the jaw, which makes planning treatment easier and faster.

Here are some of the main ways in which 3D scans are used in oral surgery:

  • Assess the quality of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
  • Determine where nerves are located.
  • Diagnose tumors and disease in the early stages.
  • Measure the density of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
  • Pinpoint the most effective placement for implants, including the angle of best fit.
  • Plan the complete surgical procedure in advance, from start to finish.
  • Precisely decide on the appropriate size and type of implants.
  • View exact orientation and position of each tooth.
  • View impacted teeth.
  • If you have questions or concerns about 3D imaging, please contact our office at 250.890.0055.


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