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Dental care technology is a major part of proper treatment and planning. That's why we'd like to consider iCAT 3D imaging technology and why it's an important part of the practice.
To understand what iCAT 3D imaging technology is, let's first consider the basics.
Traditional dental x-rays were able to get relatively accurate two-dimensional images of the bone structure and soft tissues in a patient's mouth. They were good for what they were, but there are better ways to approach dental diagnostics given innovations in technology.
iCAT 3D imaging technology allows dentists and oral surgeons to take extremely detailed, three-dimensional images of a patient's mouth and face. These high-quality three-dimensional images can be rotated and manipulated on the computer, giving a dental care specialist a more accurate means of diagnosing a problem and/or implementing a treatment. In essence, it means pinpoint accuracy and less need for guesswork.
iCAT 3D imaging technology works wonders for orthodontic care. Thanks to the three-dimensional scan, we can note the shape of a patient's dental arch, imperfections in the position of teeth along the dental arch, and how the overall tooth alignment can be improved for optimal health.
When placing dental implants, success generally means knowing where to place the implant along the dental arch. Thanks to iCAT 3D imaging technology, oral surgeons are able to note bone density and position in the dental arch, allowing for much more effective and secure placement of the implant. This reduces potential of implant failure.
Wisdom teeth impacting existing molars can lead to serious problems, and iCAT 3D imaging technology allows oral surgeons to get a better view of the wisdom teeth and their position. This is great for planning oral surgery, giving a surgeon a great vantage point on where to place incisions and what the root structure of the wisdom tooth is like.
The jaw joint is highly complicated given the way the joint itself interacts with muscle, nerves, cartilage, and bone in the area. That's what makes iCAT 3D imaging technology so great at diagnosing TMJ disorders. We're able to identify various disorders and dysfunctions of the joint and adjacent structures, which means more accurate treatment overall.
Sleep apnea and other kinds of issues related to the airways can be easily noted and addressed thanks to iCAT 3D imaging technology. We are able to identify various structures crucial for proper respiration and breathing, which means a better planned surgical treatment to restore unobstructed breathing.
If you would like more information about the latest in dental care technology and how it can help you have the healthiest smile possible, be sure to contact our advanced dentistry and oral surgery center today. Dr. Andrew R. Glenn and the entire team look forward to your visit and helping you have the healthy and beautiful smile you've always wanted.
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