3D Imaging vs. Traditional X-Rays
- All diagnostic and treatment planning data is available from one nine-second scan. This means that for almost all patients, uncomfortable impressions can be eliminated
- Radiation exposure is further reduced
- Images are in a digital format
- Shows dental structures in far greater detail and allows state-of-the-art treatment planning
- Saves several steps in the treatment process, thus even with the superior technology there is no additional cost
- This technology ensures all available information is utilized when providing orthodontic treatment
The Regina Orthodontic Group is one of the few dental offices in Saskatchewan to utilize 3D dental imaging.
About iCAT™ Imaging
iCAT provides high-definition imaging with less radiation to the patient, and a typical scan time of only nine seconds. iCAT imaging emits less than half the radiation of traditional X-ray procedures, while delivering high quality 3D images of a patient’s mouth, face, and jaws. These scans provide much of the same information as hospital CT scans with up to 100 times less radiation. The data is then transferred to a computer and displayed for immediate dental analysis.
Right in the Office
Currently, patients visiting the Regina Orthodontic Group will benefit from having the most advanced 3D dental and facial imaging available. Most patients will now be able to bypass unpleasant impressions with their treatment. Due to the 3D nature of the scans, these models are mainly a thing of the past.
Standard of Care
The standard of care has changed. Patients are more informed and demand a higher level of care. We can now determine precise tooth position and the proximity of other vital structures such as adjacent teeth, the inferior alveolar nerve canal, the maxillary sinus walls, the nasal cavity, and cortical borders. This takes most of the guesswork out of treatment.
Who is it for?
This state-of-the-art technology is an important contribution to the field of dentistry. The 3D data is used for implant planning, third molar extractions, impactions, TM joints, supernumeraries, airway assessments, panoramics, and cephalometrics. iCAT imaging should be used whenever pathology is suspected, for the planning of dental implants, prior to and during orthodontic treatment, and whenever dental extractions need to be performed near vital structures of the head and neck.
What are the benefits?
The benefits are extraordinary. Dental professionals are able to improve diagnosis, accuracy, and treatment results. Their patients are able to see a visual diagnosis, understand their treatment options, and receive superior treatment as a result of the anatomically true information provided by iCAT imaging. Dental and medical professionals can easily share the 3D data using iCAT vision viewing software.
Patients benefit from the integration of iCAT into their treatment because our ability to execute complex multidisciplinary treatment hinges on our ability to plan. There is no single better tool available to obtain diagnostic information than iCAT imaging and we would offer nothing less for our patients.
Many Different Applications
iCAT imaging has applications for other procedures. All members of our local dental community have access to this technology. If you are contemplating orthodontic treatment, this technology is very important for ideal treatment planning. As well, if you need implants, wisdom teeth removed, experience jaw joint problems or have a host of other dental issues, a 3D scan may be necessary.
Impacted Teeth in Three Dimensions
Because of iCAT imaging, patients with impacted teeth will benefit from less surgical uncertainty than when diagnosed with two-dimensional radiographs. We can now locate the impacted tooth precisely in three dimensions. From finding and defining the exact location of impacted and supernumerary teeth to full facial skeleton reconstructions, the applications of this technology to help orthodontists is limitless.
Nerve Canal Localization for Implants or Surgery
The Ultimate in Implant Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
iCAT imaging provides the best information available, with which to treatment plan implant placement. Cone beam scans are widely accepted as the ultimate diagnostic study for implant treatment planning. Vital structures and bone morphology at desired implant sites are identified and measured with absolute distortion free-data that’s reconstructed in three dimensions, all with 100 times less radiation than traditional CT scans.