The Power of 3D in Everyday Dentistry

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 05/12/2014
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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, May 2, 2014—Eugene Antenucci, DDS, spoke at the Updates in Contemporary Dentistry meeting about the impact of 3D in Dentistry, with the goal of helping the practicing dentist decide how cone beam technology may assist in delivering higher levels of care for patients.

Dr. Antenucci presented some of the many advantages of 3D CBCT to the practice, including: lower cost to patient, less radiation exposure, high accuracy and precision, 1:1 display of dental structures, relative ease of use, extensive software applications, and enhanced diagnostic abilities. He also addressed the concerns about radiation dose, showing that CBCT is relatively low on the list of the average patient?s radiation sources, and reminded practitioners to follow the ALARA principle (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) in terms of radiation.

Dr. Antenucci showed a number of case examples in which 3D imaging properly diagnosed an issue that would have been missed with traditional 2D imaging. These include implant placements, maxillary cysts, endodontic issues, and more. The broad range of applications, combined with a drastic increase in the level of patient care, demonstrated the importance of adopting CBCT, especially in implant dentistry.

Lastly, he outlined some key features to look for when selecting a unit:

1. Does the device allow for a range of image volumes from small to large in order to minimize patient radiation exposure while also delivering the highest quality image?

2. Are images relatively simple to acquire with a consistently high level of quality?

3. Can the device deliver 2D as well as 3D images?

4. Does the device use the latest technology being in acquiring the images (flat panel instead of image intensifiers)?

5. Will the device?s footprint fit within the office physical setting?

6. Does the practice have a well thought out plan for utilization?

7. Have specific plans been developed for education and training?

8. Has a defined protocol for implementation been developed?

These are important considerations when adopting CBCT into a practice.

After the lecture, Dr. Antenucci stated that he uses Planmeca's ProMax 3D CBCT for it's ability to deliver accurate diagnostic images as well as its ease of use. He also employs Planmeca's PlanScan for additional CAD/CAM dentistry treatments.

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