Image quality and ease of use for invaluable diagnostics
As a solo practitioner offering a comprehensive array of services, I rely on the latest technology to help me provide the most accurate diagnosis and best treatment possible for my patients. I provide single-visit restorations with a chairside CAD/CAM system and I offer laser-assisted periodontal therapy, among other high-tech services. But perhaps the most important technology I use is 3D cone-beam imaging?because of its wide range of applications and its key role in improving clinical outcomes. When a dentist understands the potential, it will become the standard of care in his or her practice.
Because of the diagnostic and treatment planning capabilities of cone-beam imaging, I feel confident treating cases that I formerly referred out to specialty practices?above and beyond cone-beam?s noted role in implant dentistry. And for all cases, because of the communication and educational value of the 3D images, my rate of case acceptance has increased.
Like many practitioners, I used to refer out most endodontic cases for many reasons: fear of missing a canal, fear of file breakage, fear of scheduling problems, and fear of inconsistent results. Cone-beam imaging is invaluable for determining the number of canals, revealing canal configurations, and determining the exact point of access. It has removed virtually all guesswork and allowed me to manage most of my patients? endodontic needs myself.
For soft-tissue therapy, 3D analysis reveals the true amount and location of calculus buildup before SRP and accurately depicts periodontal anatomy (particularly the lamina dura).
Cone-beam imaging has regularly revealed caries lesions that were either not detectable at all or appeared to be much smaller with traditional (radiographic and manual) modes of diagnosis. It has been a helpful tool in many aspects of restorative and operative procedures.
Features and Options
I have been using Planmeca?s ProMax 3D since 2008. When selecting a system, ProMax 3D?s combination of features, software, and upgradeability made the decision simple. ProMax 3D is a multi-purpose unit that provides clear, dependable, convenient 2D and 3D imaging with versatile imaging programs and volume sizes to accommodate a wide range of clinical needs. With ProMax 3D, I can upgrade to cephalometric, ProFace 3D facial photo, and digital impression/cast model scanning modalities.
I especially like Planmeca?s Romexis software because it is versatile and user-friendly. It allows image acquisition, viewing, and rendering in multiple dimensions, multiple views, and multiple planes (coronal, axial, and sagittal). Romexis also manages all printing and sharing functions, including interactive diagnostics. It is MAC OS compatible, so I can send images to an iPhone or iPad.
Other features I particularly appreciate are the wide volume range that limits radiation exposure for views from single bitewings to full mouth, the easy patient positioning and wheelchair access, the SCARA technology that customizes images based on each patient?s individual anatomy, and a single flat-panel sensor that captures both 2D pan and 3D images.
When I decided to incorporate cone-beam imaging into my practice, I stuck to my long-standing philosophy: ?To change what you are doing to something new, it needs to be more efficient, provide a better result, and be cost effective.? ProMax 3D has done that, and much more.