Diagnosis and Case Planning

Digital Photography

We may also take digital intra-oral photographs to aide in the education and treatment planning process, as well as documenting the stages of case treatment and progress in periodontal care.

Digital Imaging

We attain Superb Image Quality with our intraoral digital imaging scanner.  delivers 2D and 3D images in high resolution and in true color. Colored 3D scans allow practitioners to easily define the margin lines and identify the differences between natural tooth structure and existing restorations. This makes restoration planning more accurate for practitioners. Additionally, true color images help patients visualize their cases. In addition to 3D intraoral scanning, we can also acquire high resolution 1024 x 768 2D clinical images with true color.

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Digital (X-rays) Radiographs

Radiology is an outstanding diagnostic tool. It allows us to see inside our bodies with more and more clarity and accuracy. It has advanced medicine and dentistry enormously over past decades. Digital radiology is an improvement and refinement of traditional radiology, where a computer is used to acquire, store, and display the images.

Why X-rays work?

The soft parts in our bodies such as muscle, gum tissue, blood vessels and fat, allow x-rays to pass through them. But the hard tissues such as teeth, bones, and tumors, are denser and block the x-rays. So they appear white on the image, while the soft tissue is grey.

Advantages of digital radiography

It can reduce the radiation required by conventional X-rays along with providing a more clear and more accurate image. This image can be enlarged, rotated, increased in clarity, and generally manipulated for increased understanding by your dentist. It provides the images instantly, so theres no delay in image processing. This technology also allows us to work in a greener environment by eliminating the need for chemicals that are required to process traditional x-rays and their subsequent disposal.

Cone beam CT scanning & 3-D imaging software (SimPlant) for optimal implant planning and treatment (Guided Implant Surgery)

We are trained in the latest dental implant technology, guided implant therapy. This revolutionary technique utilizes virtual planning along with a three-dimensional CT scan system and allows dental implant placement with minimal surgical intervention. This innovative time-efficient procedure makes the placement and restoration of dental implants faster and easier. By working closely with our restorative dentists, sometimes patients are able to leave the office with their replacement teeth intact.

Traditional X-rays are not as accurate as CT scans, for the process of dental implants, they do not allow for the transfer of prosthetic information to the radiograph. It also fails to determine prosthetic outcomes and doesn’t allow for the transfer of prosthetically relevant information at the time of implant placement. A special scan is performed while the patient is seated in a Cone beam CT Scan machine, which looks much like a regular dental panoramic machine.

cone beamAbout Cone Beam CT (CBCT) Scan:

  • 20 Second Scan
  • Non Claustrophobic
  • Less radiation than a conventional CT medical scanner

The CBCT scan will provide us with the necessary information needed to virtually place your implant, with the use of SimPlant Planner, a virtual implant placement program.

The SimPlant Planner Software, which Dr. Vest and Wang has incorporated into their implant practice, provides axial, cross sectional and panoramic views of your reformatted CT image. Distances, angles and bone density measurements can be made in all of the views.

SimPlant Planner also provides a fully interactive 3D image of the bony anatomy with the ability to highlight anatomical structures, to virtually place real implants.

Dr. Vest and Dr. Wang, will review the ideal prosthetic plan as shown on a 3-D computed tomography scan, which also contains the anatomic information in an interactive setting.

Implants can be virtually placed on a trial basis. This allows the review of many options and develops an ideal surgical plan that fully supports the prosthetic plan developed. Eliminating most of the unknowns, which facilitates both patient consultation and the surgical process, since the treatment decisions are made preoperatively.

Once the CT scan is developed and the plan formulated, a surgical implant guide is constructed that allows precise placement of the implants. The surgery is completed with better safety and predictability.