For years, dentists have utilized archaic flat plate imaging, such as a panorex (pantograph), to treatment plan dental implants. It wasn't until the inception of cone beam CT imaging that dentists were finally able to accurately predict and treatment plan cases without the typical guesswork of a panorex. We have been utilizing the iCAT cone beam CT since 2007 and rapidly improved implant protocols for patients. What this meant for us, as surgeons, was decreased levels of invasive surgeries, accurately planned and expensed surgeries, and an increase in knowledge not gained by any other means. What this meant for patients was demystifying more complex procedures and providing a level of comfort, predictably, and minimal to no pain with improved surgical techniques.
"We can make exact measurements to critical structures such as nerves and the sinuses. This not only improves our surgical placement of implants but also the predictability of bone grafting and teeth removal."
The CT scanner not only allows us to perform more accurate implant surgeries; it is also used for a significant number of traditional oral surgery procedures, such as extractions, exposures and biopsies. Not a day goes by in the office that the CT scanner isn't useful for several surgeries. We couldn't imagine practicing without it.