3D Imaging: Basis for Perfect Implant Placements

Up until just a few years ago, implant dentistry diagnostics and treatment planning used conventional x-rays and panographs for assessing bone and tissue quantity and quality, along with basic 2-dimensional technical data used for determining where each implant would be placed.

Conventional x-rays, however, oftentimes fail to reveal certain tissue conditions that could contribute to or directly cause an unwanted implant failure. These “conditions” wouldn’t be revealed until the surgery actually began.

These normal events of “undiscovered diagnostic data” were routinely blamed for sudden changes in treatment planning or, in other cases, where seemingly successful dental implants failed later after treatment was completed.


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Carestream 81003D Scanner Cone Beam Diagnosis and Treatment Protocol Standard

In our office, and many of Dr. Nazarian’s training seminars, the Carestream 81003D Scanner is used to fully assess all bone and soft tissue within the oral cavity. The ability to rotate and view all tissue from all possible perspectives assures that ALL tissues are assessed accurately, regardless of how hidden they may be.

Yesterday’s old fashioned free-hand implant placements depended primarily upon what could be seen or evaluated with old fashioned xrays…. which can routinely generate treatment errors.

Dr. Nazarian’s use of 3D imaging reveals all tissue characteristics and when used in conjunction with specialized scanning software, enables the patient and Dr. Nazarian to develop the “ideal” surgery protocols for placing a single implant, several implants, or an entire arch of teeth.


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Free Hand Dental Implants Are Obsolete


The 3D scanning software is used to create special surgical templates for preparing bone tissue (where it needs to be trimmed or revised) and for creating a Surgical Guide that assures each and every implant is placed at a precision location with a precise depth, width and centering within the jawbone.

Each and every dental implant is selected and placed based on the technical data provided by the scan. Different implant types, widths and lengths are individually selected for each location.

The concept of one-dental-implant-fits-all no longer exists.

Errors are virtually (quite literally) eliminated. A patient’s entire surgery protocol is planned and visualized before treatment even begins.

Virtualization of dentistry, once viewed by the patient, is very easy to comprehend and understand for making decisions about the treatment options (there are usually several to select from) that Dr. Nazarian discusses with each patient.


Removable Prosthetic vs Non-Removal Prosthetic Choices

teeth-white-square Our basic 3D Imaging services are provided for all patients considering the question of dentures vs implants.

Because of the diagnostic capabilities and “virtualization of treatment possibilities”, patients will “see” the different treatment outcomes involved with different treatment options, which is helpful in determining the best use of treatment dollars.

Retreatment needs caused by faulty diagnostics or picking the wrong treatment are essentially eliminated.


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