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Technology that was once reserved for medical CT scans is now being used to create realistic 3D representations of a patient’s entire smile. The Planmeca Promax 3D is an imaging device that produces all of the required volume sizes for diagnosing the maxillofacial region (your jaw bones) to the entire skull.
Using Cone Beam Computed Technology (CBCT) a large number of two dimensional x-ray images are taken from different angles. A 3-D volumetric image is then calculated from these 2-D projections, which means that the final image can be viewed at any angle. Nifty, huh? We think so, here’s why it’s great news for you.
As a patient, you won’t necessarily notice the cool factor, but you will definitely appreciate how quick and easy it is to use.
It’s effortless and comfortable for you; there’s side entry access so it is 100% accessible to patient’s with mobility issues or claustrophobia – like you need an excuse to feel any more anxious when at the dental office, right? After all, a relaxed patient means a smoother imaging workflow and better quality information that we can work with.
It rotates around your head to capture approximately 600 distinct images, which has a considerable advantage over traditional x-rays because it decreases guesswork (something we never want to do in dentistry) and interpretation that traditional radiographs require. It’s the equivalent of looking at one of those ‘Connect the Dots’ pictures versus an HD TV.
Another benefit to our patients is that it uses incredibly low levels of radiation, and exposure time when capturing images (approximately 3 seconds). We are able to obtain ideal resolutions while maintaining patient dose levels that comply with ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principle.
So what’s it used for, just another way of taking an x-ray?
Well, not entirely. There’s a broad range of applications for the Planmeca ProMax 3D within the dental office, including; dental implant planning, periodontal diagnosis, TMJ (sore jaw) analysis, endodontic (root canal) diagnosis, and oral surgery planning.
We are a bunch of science geeks, so we are very excited to have this technology to use for planning dental implants. It means we can assess your bone structure and soft tissue, identify any potential issues and subsequently place an implant in the best possible position for success.
Come see it for yourself!
Just give us a call at (207) 782-5308 or contact us online for more information.