Dr. Burkhart uses a combination of 3D imaging and a CAD/CAM system to plan the perfect position for the new teeth. The CAD/CAM imagery shows the bite and aesthetic appearance in virtual reality. Then, that image is placed into a 3D X-ray image to align the implant tooth position. This plan is used to create a surgical guide for placing the implant. The surgical guide will reduce time in surgery, allow the most predictable placement, and expose less tissue. That means less discomfort post surgery.
The CAD/CAM system is also used to make a perfect tooth right in the dental office. The precise imaging allows Dr. Burkhart to diagnose from accurate, undistorted, one-to-one images. This results in greater diagnostic accuracy and greater diagnostic confidence. However, it means even more than that. This technology allows for enhanced treatment planning, and more consistent patient outcomes.
Beyond the clinical aspects, 3D imaging is also a wonderful patient education tool. For the first time you can see your anatomy and treatment plan in accurate real-life perspectives that allows you to understand your own oral health.
Patient positioning is quick, just relax, and 14 seconds later the scan is complete. Imaging software does the rest. Yes, any view we need, on demand, from the same single scan. This means that there will be no surprises when we proceed with your treatment. We chose the Galileos 3D x-ray product because of the very low radiation exposure compared to other brands of dental 3D and up to 100 times less than traditional CT scans taken at hospitals. The 3D scan with Galileos is less than half the radiation from a traditional dental film full mouth series.