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Virtual Digital Imaging for Medical Practitioners
The field of Medicine, as we all know, adapted digital and virtual imaging quite readily, as evidenced by today's modern CatScan and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) that is becoming as common as an aspirin tablet.
Virtual Digital Imaging for Dentistry PractitionersTwo well known firms in the field of dentistry have been innovative in developing adaptations of virtual imaging that now enables dentists to diagnose and treatment plan a vast number of surgical solutions that were practically impossible to accurately perform just a few short years ago.
Materialise: SimPlant and SurgiGuidesMaterialise developed the first interactive 3D computer imaging software environment that is routinely used for dental implant planning. Their system perfects the process of achieving accurate placements of implants that are used for individual tooth replacement or for more complex treatments for multiple teeth.
By using diagnostic CatScans, precision data is used to create the Materialise SurgiGuide for the dentist to use for obtaining the best possible implant placement for a patient. SurgiGuides provide the flexibility of implant surgeons being able to use virtually any brand of implant device available.
Nobel BioCare: NobelGuide
Click here to watch and hear an actual implant surgery video that briefly demonstrates the use of a NobelGuide template on an edentulous lower jaw. The video material is provided by Dr. James Sanderson, Birmingham Alabama.
coDiagnostiX Virtual Treatment Planning Technology
The ability to assess jawbone integrity three dimensionally enables to the doctor to determine and plan for any need for bone grafts prior to implant placement. Implant placement is planned with the efficiency that only 3-D modeling software can achieve.
Technical data generated by the virtual treatment planning is used to design and fabricate implant surgical (drilling) guides that assure the most accurate or perfect placement of implant devices.
Virtual Surgery for Dental ProceduresSpecialized computer software enables implant surgeons to assess all of the critical areas of the maxillary and mandibular bone structures. The precision imaging helps doctors to not only determine the best possible implant sites but also permit the assessment of need for bone augmentation (grafting) that will optimize predictability ratios.
The entire process of assessment, treatment planning, selection of implant devices and final restoration products is achieved "virtually" before treatment even begins. Patients benefit from being able to visualize, fully, current state of need and final outcome possibilities, based on their choice of restoration components (types of crowns, abutments, shape, color shading, size, etc).
No other dental technology offers this degree of potential for eliminating "treatment surprises."
Current State of the Art in Imaging: More Precision
Patient sit in a chair, rather than being moved through the typical CatScan apparatus. The scanning device revolves around the seated patient, in much the same fashion as a Panoramic Xray machine commonly used by dentists.
Radiation is reduced significantly ... 95%. The Cone Beam Slices are a fraction of what Medical Scanners produce. Typically 150 microns in thickness, versus 1000 microns (one millimeter) that is produced by the average CatScan device. Resolution is 500 percent greater.
High Resolution Imagery: Foundation for Virtual SurgeryMore and more dental practices that focus on implant dentistry are now able to assess, diagnose and treatment plan with a variety of reconstructive and restorative choices that are almost limitless.
EasyGuide 3-D Treatment Planning Software
Finding a Virtual Dentistry PracticeMore dental practices specializing in Teeth-In-An-Hour (NobelGuides) and/or SimPlant SurgiGuides can be found in the new Guided Implants Directory.
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