Dental TI Technology Minute

Creating a Surgical Guide with your CBCT

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 17, 2017 11:48:01 AM / by David Hanning posted in CBCT, Dental Technology, 3D Imaging, 179 Tax Deduction, Training, Cone Beam

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Implant dentistry was once left to periodontists,  and prosthodontists. Today, a growing number of general dentists are also placing implants. With the proper education, a general dentist can add thousands of dollars of revenue every month by adding implants to the office procedures.  One tool that is key to making the process more certain and predictable is CBCT technology. With a CBCT scanner it is possible to create a surgical guide even in heavily restored cases. Today we will illustrate the process of using the J.Morita R100 CBCT scanner to scan a heavily restored patient with a scan appliance. The scan appliance allows for the alignment of the CBCT (Dicom infoormation) information and the digital model  (STL file) that is created   and use BlueSky Bio software to use the CBCT information in designing and printing a surgical guide for implant placement. 

A primary challenge of using CBCT for implant planning is managing image scatter due to restorations. Scatter appears as rays of distortion as the x-ray photons do not penetrate radiopaque restorations and instead reflect at the surface.  This can make it difficult for the software to match the CBCT information (subginigival info) with an intraoral model(scanned or stone). At Dental TI, we have created and educate on a protocol that provides accurate surgical guides, even on heavily restored patients. With the J.Morita R100 CBCT unit, a surgical table, and a scan appliance, and using  BlueSky Bio software, you have the full technology package to plan and create surgical guides and place implants with dramatically improved accuracy and success. 

One of Dental TI's clients , Esteban Velez DDS, who practices in Avon Indiana, shares a case below where he used his J.Morita R100 and a scan appliance to create a surgical guide. The detailed steps of the case and corresponding images are below.  


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Announcing our Newest Product Line – Global Dental Microscopes

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 9, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Dental Technology Team posted in Dental Technology

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Global Dental Microscopes is a recognized global leader in dental microscopy, which is why they are now our exclusive dental microscope partner. We look to partner with companies that focus on creating high quality, cutting edge equipment and technology. With improved ergonomics these microscopes promote better posture, reduce strain and fatigue while maintaining an upright posture, regardless of the patient’s position.

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What is Important When Making a CBCT Decision?

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 6, 2016 10:24:18 AM / by David Hanning posted in CBCT, Cone Beam, Dental Technology

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We deal with dentists everyday who are considering CBCT. The questions are always "should I get a CBCT and which one." For this discussion I will assume that the first question is yes and give some pointers in making the decision process easier.

1 – DETERMINE THE FOV THAT FITS YOUR NEEDS

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What Dentists Need to Know About the 179 Deduction This Year

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 21, 2016 5:17:07 PM / by Dental Technology Team

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You’ve probably heard of the section 179 deduction, if not you should think about getting a new CPA. We’re just kidding, but not really. Section 179 of IRS tax code allows for dentists to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment. This equipment can be purchased or financed during the tax year. Which means, you can actually deduct the FULL purchase price from your gross income. The deadline to make this claim is December 31st. The catch? You must have purchased, or financed, the equipment and it must be installed before that date. The problem? With the holidays and everyone trying to take advantage of this opportunity, you don’t want to wait till the last minute.

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Watch a Dentist Review i-Dixel CBCT Software

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2016 10:03:47 AM / by Dental Technology Team posted in CBCT, Cone Beam, 3D Imaging

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We recently installed a J.Morita CBCT unit and i-Dixel software for Dr. Esteban Velez. He made a short video using his new J.Morita 3D R100 CBCT unit and i-Dixel viewing software. He pairs the software with Blue Sky plan for all of his implant planning and 3D printing of his surgical guides. Both software blends seamlessly together to keep the entire process in his office. If you're thinking about investing in CBCT make sure you watch his video to see live clips of the imaging software, how it works and how he uses it for implant planning and surgical guides. 

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Discover Innovation at the 2016 CDA Meeting

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 10:26:01 AM / by Dental Technology Team posted in Dental Technology

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The annual CDA meeting in Anaheim, California is a nationally recognized conference touting some big names in dental technology. Attendees get close and personal with new products and services, earn C.E. credits, grab inspiration from renowned speakers and innovators or network with other industry professionals. 

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What is CBCT?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 23, 2016 10:48:53 AM / by Dental Technology Team posted in CBCT, Cone Beam, Dental Technology

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If you have a dental practice, you have likely heard people talk about CBCT technology. You may have even been approached about adopting the technology for your practice. Before moving forward, though, you need to have a better understanding of what this technology is and how it can help your practice. Then, you will know if CBCT technology is the right option for your dental practice.

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CBCT and 3D Printing for Implant Planning

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 11, 2016 6:36:34 PM / by David Hanning posted in CBCT, Dental Technology, 3D Imaging, Cone Beam

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When looking towards a CBCT investment start with the end in mind. Why are you thinking about CBCT and what will you be using it to accomplish? For many general dentists the answer is predictably placing implants. If this is your motivation, then it is safe to say that guided implant surgery may also be something that you are pursuing to achieve the highest degree of a predictable outcome.

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Tips for CBCT Positioning

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 8, 2016 3:49:37 PM / by Dental Technology Team posted in CBCT, Training, Troubleshooting, Cone Beam

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You have a new CBCT machine in your office and you are excited. You want to get the most out of it, which means you need to know how to position your patients. If you properly position your patients, your machine will take clear images that will help you with everything from diagnosis and treatment to undergoing complex procedures. Fortunately, there are a few tips you can follow that will make this process extremely simple. Once you follow these tips, you will be well on your way to getting the most out of your CBCT machine.

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10 Ways to Protect your Costly Dental Sensor Investment

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 28, 2016 3:17:01 PM / by David Hanning posted in dental sensors, Troubleshooting, Dental Technology, Intraoral Sensors

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One of the most frustrating aspects to digital x-ray technology is having a sensor fail outside of warranty.  Most manufacturers will state that the average life of a sensor is three to five years with normal wear and tear.  This is true regardless if you use the SuniRay2, UniRay 1.5, QuickRay, EI, XDR, Schick CDR or 33, Dexis Platinum, etc. However, many dental offices have experienced failures before the average life expectancy. The following are tips to help your office get the most life from your sensor.

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