Dental TI Technology Minute

Varying Slice Thickness: A Practical Example of CBCT for Endo

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 21, 2017 11:04:27 AM / by David Hanning posted in Training, CBCT, 3D Imaging, Cone Beam, Dental Technology, Dental TI

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Last week during a CBCT training on the Prexion Excelsior Pro,  I came across a great example of the benefit of varying slice thickness in CBCT software. CBCT volumes show 3 different 2D perspectives (axial, sagittal, and coronal) of the same location. Because a CBCT volume is a composite of many "slices" in the same plane, CBCT x-ray allows the user to vary the thickness from a single voxel slice to a composite view of multiple slices in the same plane. A digital PA will look similar to a composite view of many slices. 

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CBCT 201 - What is slice thickness and how varying it offers a different view

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 21, 2017 10:35:12 AM / by David Hanning posted in Training, CBCT, 3D Imaging, Cone Beam, Dental Technology, Dental TI

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Understanding how to vary slice thickness and why and when you  want to do that. I realized that for those that are new to CBCT the concept of slice thickness is foreign and needs further explanation.

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Navigating CBCT in 10 easy steps.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 18, 2017 5:16:14 PM / by David Hanning posted in CBCT, 3D Imaging, Cone Beam, Dental TI

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CBCT is quickly becoming the standard of care for dental radiographs. As more dentists experience the radiographic information that CBCT offers, they are realizing that doing certain procedures without CBCT increases the risk of failure. If you are new to CBCT or are considering purchasing a CBCT unit, the following information may be helpful in preparing you for what you should learn at a minimum.

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Seven Benefits of Implementing CBCT into Your Practice

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2017 12:39:27 PM / by Dental Technology Team posted in CBCT, 3D Imaging, Cone Beam, Dental Technology

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CBCT is quickly becoming the gold standard in evaluating patients in regards to a variety of dental pathologies.  Here we will discuss some of the many benefits this technology has to offer dental practices seeking to be on the cutting edge of patient care.  More information from the Dental TI team regarding CBCT and other dental technologies can be found on our website and blog.

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Making your technology an investment

[fa icon="calendar'] May 24, 2017 12:28:43 PM / by David Hanning posted in Intraoral Sensors, Training, CBCT, 3D Imaging, Intraoral Cameras

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Many Dental offices consider themselves to be “digital” offices. They have incorporated computers at
the front desk and in the treatment rooms and have software that manages their practice
and electronic images – both camera and radiographic. The dentists with such offices have invested
time, money, and often times have endured a good amount of frustration to get there. In addition,
many high- tech offices are under utilizing their systems and only deriving a fraction of the benefit that
could be garnered with the correct “vision of utilization” and “proper training” to achieve it.

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Creating a Surgical Guide with your CBCT

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

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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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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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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, 3D Imaging, Cone Beam

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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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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, 3D Imaging, Cone Beam, Dental Technology

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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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