Advanced Dental Technology
CAT Scan Imaging
i-CAT 3D Imaging
We are excited to offer advanced 3-D imaging services though our subsidiary, Portland Craniofacial Digital Imaging Center, to patients, dentists and other medical professionals in the state of Maine. Images are taken and processed by an i-Cat Platinum CBCT scanner. This top-of-the-line wide field unit is the most sophisticated and only one of its kind in New England.
The i-Cat CBCT scanner produces high-resolution images with low radiation exposure. All images are reviewed for pathology by a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Radiologist as part of the service. The images will accurately reveal details such as dental caries, bony pathology, endodontic lesions, fractures, as well as anything between the base of the chin to the top of the orbits.
CBCT examination is also an invaluable tool for dental implant treatment planning, bone grafting, oral surgery, airway and paranasal studies, etc. Please contact our office or click the link below to download a referral form.
Your doctor chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and health of bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Your doctor utilizes both conventional and Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is between 50-90 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
The advantages of digital imaging enables us to not only store patient images, but also enables us to quickly transfer them to appropriate specialists or insurance companies.
Digital Radiographs (X-Rays):
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor instead of holding up a film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 50-90% less radiation exposure to you than an conventional film. Furthermore, all digital images are stored on our computer server and can be easily copied or sent to other medical professionals at your request electronically.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are more comfortable with a high-tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
The doctors utilize intra-oral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intra-oral camera is a very small camera. In some cases, an intra-oral camera is just a few millimeters long. An intra-oral camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!
Intra-oral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These treatments can be printed as for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.
When you seek care at our office, you are assured that the doctors and staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
The doctors use magnifying optical loupes to enhance the precision of patient care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using illuminated magnifying optical loupes enables us to create dental restorations with incredibility precise fit and finish. You just cant fulfill that level of care with the naked eye.
In addition to allowing precise, close up work, our fiber-optic hand-pieces (drills) direct a beam of light directly on the teeth while working, thus minimizing glare to you.