Dental CT imaging is now possible at Advanced DDS through the addition of the Vatech PaX-Duo3D Cone Beam CT. Implant patients can now rest easy. All phases of their implant treatment can now be done under one roof. We do the treatment planning, take the CT images, place your implants (with sedation, if necessary), and finish your final restoration to give you the smile and function you deserve.
CT mapping is a crucial step of this process, in order to properly plan the placement of implants. Dr. Raskin uses the three dimensional images to assess the patient’s bone densities, to determine the placement for the implant, or if there is an area in need of bone grafting. In the past, dental imaging has been grainy, and, at times, hard to read. Even a panoramic image, a more advanced type of x-ray, can sometimes be difficult to use. However, the CBCT makes taking an image of the patient easier for both doctor and patient. By using the Adaptive Layer Control, the system does away with the lack of clarity caused by an overlap of images taken. This makes it easier to see specific areas and not focus on the others.
As far as the patient’s concern, the process is as easy as standing in place and listening to simple instructions. The machine even plays music while it scans you. Before this machine, a patient would have to go to a referred radiologist to get a CT image taken. It could often take some time to get an appointment with the radiologist. Afterward, the patient must return for a follow up appointment to discuss the details of the image and the upcoming procedures. This process can take up to two weeks. Now, a patient can condense all of that into one appointment. The actual scan takes approximately 20 seconds and can be fit into a one-hour exam. Sixty minutes is a lot faster than two weeks. CT scans are safer than their predecessors, in that they emit less radiation than all other forms of dental diagnostic testing. Dr. Raskin takes pride in his patients’ loyalty to him and his staff. He feels that keeping these services in-office allows the patient to be more at ease with their particular situation, and in turn, feeling more comfortable during the procedures.