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Physicians have relied on computerized axial tomography scans (CAT) for many years. CAT scans are an X-ray procedure that uses many different X-ray images with the help of computers to generate cross-sectional or even 3D views of internal organs and structures within the body. A knee replacement surgery, for example, would never be performed without first examining 3D imaging.

More recently however, dentists have begun to rely on 3D imaging techniques to provide them with a detailed view of the mouth and skull. The advantage that 3D imaging holds over regular dental x-rays is that bone structure, bone density, tissues, and nerves can be viewed clearly.

3D Imaging Soldotna AK

Dr. Bauder is one of few dentists on the Peninsula providing 3D imaging to his patients. Our office is equipped with the Pax-i3D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) machine pictured above from VATECH – “The World’s Premier Dental Imaging Company.”

With the Pax-i3D CBCT machine, our experienced team of professionals are able to capture a 3D image of a specific area of your face in less than 15 seconds, reducing any unnecessary radiation for our patients. This means that far less radiation enters the body than if a regular set of bite-wing X-rays were taken. The Pax-i3D CBCT machine is a powerful and advanced diagnostic tool that is an aid for Dr. Bauder when planning dental implant treatment and other oral surgery.

Pax-i3D CBCT machine

3D imaging is advantageous because it allows Dr. Bauder to magnify specific areas of the face so he can easily view cross-sectional “slices” of the jaw, providing more accurate treatment planning and faster completion of treatment. For example, dental implants are the most sophisticated replacement for missing teeth, but have historically proven to be time-consuming to place. 3D imaging vastly reduces the time it takes to place implants.

The Following are Some of the Ways in Which 3D Imaging can be Used as an Aid in Dentistry:

  • Assess the quality of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
  • Determine where nerves are located.
  • Diagnose tumors and disease in the early stages.
  • Measure the density of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
  • Pinpoint the most effective placement for implants, including the angle of best fit.
  • Plan the complete surgical procedure in advance, from start to finish.
  • Precisely decide on the appropriate size and type of implants.
  • View exact orientation and position of each tooth.
  • View impacted teeth.

Please Note: It is the desire of Dr. Bauder to obtain the highest quality needed clinical/radiographic data in the safest manner (lowest radiation dose) and lowest cost to his patients. Having stated that, please understand that your insurance company may or may not cover the cost of a 3D x-ray. However, the benefits heavily outweigh the cost of this type of diagnostic image. We have one simple goal and that is to provide the highest quality of care for our patients and their families.

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