CT Scan (3-D Planning)
Our office utilizes state-of-the-art CBCT Scan technology that provides highly accurate, 3-D radiographic images for implant planning. These radiographs are undistorted and three-dimensional. This allows Dr. Carpenter to fully view the bone, including the width, into which implants will be placed. The surgery is planned in advance and often surgical guides are fabricated that allow faster, more accurate and more comfortable surgery.
Cone Beam Scans are quick and simple to perform. The patient sits in an open chair, meaning claustrophobic feelings are eliminated.
The Cone Beam CT scan is more expensive than a standard 2-D panorex (total cost for a cone-beam scan is approximately $275). Cone beam scans are not required for all cases. In more complicated situations, however, it is an incredible tool minimizing treatment time and enhancing the end results of surgery.
After the scan is completed, Dr. Carpenter utilizes a virtual computer software (Anatomage Treatment Studio) to place implants and design your restoration. When the design is completed, a custom surgical guide is fabricated. On the day of the surgery, this guide is snapped in to assure precise placement of your implants.