The Power of 3D in Everyday Dentistry

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 11/18/2014
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BURLINGTON, MA, Nov 7, 2014?What should you look for when researching 3D CBCT technology for your practice? That was the question Eugene Antenucci, DDS, addressed at the November 2014 Dental Learning Updates in Contemporary Dentistry meeting in Massachusetts. He spoke about the impact of 3D imaging on the dental profession as a whole and how it can benefit individual practices.

Advantages and Concerns

After discussing the advantages of CBCT, including lower cost to the patient, less radiation exposure, high accuracy and precision, 1:1 display of dental structures, learning curve and relative ease of use, software applications, and enhanced diagnostic ability, he addressed some of the concerns related to radiation dose and this technology. Dr. Antenucci pointed out that CBCT is relatively low on the list of the potential radiation sources for the average patient. He also reminded dentists to follow the ALARA principle (As Low As Reasonably Achievable).

To illustrate the diagnostic benefits of CBCT, Dr. Antenucci presented a number of case studies, including implant placement, maxillary cysts, and endodontic treatment.

What To Look for in CBCTT

He wrapped up his presentation by discussing the questions any clinician should ask when researching the purchase of a 3D CBCT unit.

  • 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?
  • Are images relatively simple to acquire with a consistently high level of quality?
  • Can the device deliver 2D as well as 3D images?
  • Does the device use the latest technology in acquiring the images (flat panel instead of image intensifiers)?
  • Will the device?s footprint fit within the physical office setting?
  • Does the practice have a well-thought-out plan for utilization?
  • Have specific plans been developed for education and training?
  • Has a defined protocol for implementation been developed?

Products in Practice

In a separate interview with Dental Learning, Dr. Antenucci said that he has integrated Planmeca?s ProMax 3D CBCT into his practice because of its accurate diagnostic images and ease of use. He also uses PlanScan for CAD/CAM restorations.