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Using 3D Cone Beam in Dental Implantology

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Since its recommendation by the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Academy in 2012, 3D cone beam technology has become the standard of care for most dental professionals to obtain a complete picture when planning and placing dental implants. Cone beam computed tomography, or CBCT, provides you with a precise, relational view of the patient’s anatomy when planning implant procedures. 3D cone beam images, along with their associated 3D imaging software, allow practitioners to plan the treatment from implant through final restoration for the best and most predictable patient outcomes.

Benefits of Using 3D Cone Beam For Implant Planning

3D cone beam images allow you see patient anatomy in a three-dimensional view as opposed to only two dimensions. Traditionally, 2D periapical and panoramic radiographic images have been used to visualize and plan dental prostheses. The main disadvantage of these 2D images, however is that the buccolingual width of the alveolar bone and the location of the inferior alveolar nerves cannot be accurately assessed. This lack of information can often lead to implant positioning errors.

The use of 3D cone beam images during implant planning uses multiplanar and 3-dimensional volumes to determine the exact height, width and ridge anatomy of the alveolar bone and precise location of the alveolar nerve. It also helps define the relationship of edentulous sites with adjacent anatomy to ensure the greatest stability. Based on information obtained from the 3D cone beam images, the practitioner can determine if pre-prosthetic surgery such as bone grafting or sinus lift is needed prior to implant placement.

Benefits of 3D Imaging Software For Implant Planning

The 3D cone beam image itself is further enhanced by the powerful 3D imaging software to manipulate and manage the scan. Leading 3D imaging software included each 3D cone beam system provides practitioners with tools such as the ability to make annotations, adjust the window and level, and zoom in on specific areas.

3D cone beam volumes can be exported into compatible implant planning software where you can take measurements, trace nerves, and evaluate bone density and regional anatomy. You can then select the shape, length, size, of the implant – or choose the exact implant from a comprehensive library of implant manufacturers – for even greater precision. With additional third-party software, you can even create surgical guides and virtual 3D models to further streamline implant planning.

Prosthetic-based implant planning software will utilize the full digital workflow, planning the treatment from surgery through restoration to ensure proper fit and function. Images can be shared with patients and restorative practitioners for comprehensive treatment planning and enhanced patient and referral communication.

Post-Operative Imaging Protocols

When following up on implant procedures, practitioners typically follow the ALARA (As Low as Reasonably Achievable) principle for radiation dose, and utilize 2D images, such as periapical, bitewing or panoramic images for post-operative care. However, If the implant is symptomatic or bone loss is present in adjacent anatomy, additional 3D cone beam scans may be required. Having a dual-purpose panoramic/cone beam dental x-ray machine in your practice for this purpose is a good plan for managing post-surgical follow-ups. That way, practitioners can choose the modality that best fits each patient’s unique post-operative imaging needs, while minimizing their radiation exposure.

Are You Ready for an Upgrade?

If you’re a dentist, dental specialist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon that would like to be more accurate and efficient during dental implant placement, we urge you to consider adding 3D cone beam equipment to your practice. Buying refurbished dental equipment helps to make it more affordable for you while also increasing the quality of service you provide to patients. Contact Renew Digital today for more information.

Carestream Dental X-Ray Equipment is the Perfect Solution to Your Practice

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Carestream Dental is known the world over for its high-quality, easy to use, reliable and affordable dental X-ray machines. No matter which Carestream Dental panoramic or cone beam equipmentyou choose, it will be sure to help to improve patient care, enhance practice safety, and increase workflow efficiency. Now, certified pre-owned dental X-ray machines from Renew [...]

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Top Tips for Taking Great Images with Gendex GXDP 300 Panoramic System

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High-quality dental panoramic images are essential to plan the right course of patient treatment. Eliminating retakes is also important for your dental practice to save time and minimize patient dose. Below we provide some best practices for using your certified pre-owned Gendex GXDP 300 panoramic system from Renew Digital so you can meet these goals and more.Start by Setting Up Your [...]

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Comparing 4 i-CAT X-ray Machines: Which is Right for You?

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Perhaps you have recently decided to purchase a refurbished i-CAT X-ray machine from Renew Digital but feel uncertain about which model would work best for your dental or dental specialty practice. Of course, you must consider several unique factors such as your budget, your diagnostic needs, and the types of procedures you perform. We provide highlights of the four i-CAT [...]

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Why You'll Love Planmeca CBCT

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Planmeca CBCT machines are revered the world over as one of the leading names in the dental manufacturing industry. Once you have had the chance to review all the features of a Planmeca CBCT, we are certain that you will love it as much as we do.Patients Expect Their Dentist to Have the Latest TechnologyWith the ability to share their [...]

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How Planmeca ProMax 3D Helps Your Practice and Your Patients

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Planmeca ProMax 3D equipment, available as a refurbished system from Renew Digital, provides integral imaging capabilities for dentists across many specialties. This unit also comes equipped with 2D panoramic X-ray imaging, Selectively Compliant Robotic Arm (SCARA) technology, and several 3D cone beam fields of view. These are just some of the things that make Planmeca ProMax 3D so diverse and adaptable. [...]

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The Benefits of Planmeca CBCT Technology

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Planmeca, as a major dental equipment manufacturer, continuously monitors and invests in dental imaging technology, delivering some of the most intuitive and innovative X-rays in the market. If you are considering investing in new or used imaging equipment, certified pre-owned Planmeca 3D X-ray machines may be a great choice for your dental or dental specialty practice.SCARA TechnologyPlanmeca’s patented Selectively Compliant Articulated [...]

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How to Choose a Sirona Panoramic Machine

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Choosing the best Sirona panoramic machine for your dental practice will depend on a variety of factors including type of practice, desired features, and price. Below we outline which type of Sirona panoramic machine would likely work the best for your dental practice based on your specialty. Please note that these are general guidelines only. It’s best to discuss your [...]

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3 Things to Know Before you Purchase a Sirona X-ray Machine

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Digital dental X-ray machines such as the Sirona X-ray have long been the choice of dental professionals making the move to digital imaging from film for the first time, or upgrading from 2D digital imaging to 3D cone beam systems. Sirona x-ray machines are known for their high image quality, low radiation dose, and expertly engineered hardware that lasts.If upgrading from [...]

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Sirona XG5 FAQs

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At Renew Digital, we understand that purchasing a piece of dental imaging equipment is a major investment whether new or refurbished. It can also be challenging to select the right X-ray equipment for your dental practice with so many high-quality alternatives available. One of these options is the Sirona XG5 panorex machine. We are proud to offer this unit, and [...]

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