What is it?
EMA Dental was the first general dental practice in Western Massachusetts to offer 3-D Dental imaging. The I-Cat is a cone beam volumetric tomography and panoramic system. The imaging sciences international (ISI) scanner constructs a three-dimensional model from images taken during a rotational x-ray sequence. The scanner is intended to be used whenever your dentist or oral surgeon needs 3D information of high contrast objects in your mouth. The system is specifically designed for imaging of TMJ, Mandible, Maxilla, implant planning, sinuses and other areas of the maxillofacial complex.
What are the advantages of having an I-Cat 3D Dental Imaging Scanner?
The advantages of the I-Cat Cone Beam 3-D Dental Imaging System include reduced radiation exposure and a streamlined image acquisition process at an affordable cost. We use established safe exposure procedures to minimize or eliminate unnecessary radiation during the procedure. Every patient will also wear a lead apron that is impervious to x-radiation. Experiencing 3-D dental imaging in our office equates to more detailed results faster than ever and the open design allows patients to sit upright as the machine rotates 360 degrees. 3-D scanning allows our dentists to observe the maxillofacial complex with unsurpassed clarity. This means we can accurately diagnose and plan dental surgical procedures more efficiently and with confidence of a better outcome post operatively.
Who is a good candidate for this?
A consult and conversation with your doctor will determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Typically, a CT scan would be required prior to any implant placement or removal of teeth. The scan will give the doctor information such as bone quality, where nerve canals or sinuses are located reducing or eliminating the risk of injury during your surgical procedure. Years ago, when this technology was not available doctors would base surgical placement on two dimensional radiographs. The reason why implant placement has such a high success rate compared to previous is partly due to the fact that the doctor now has access to all the information ahead of time and can create a very specific, individually based surgical plan ensuring post-operative success!
Are they covered by insurance?
Dental CT scans are not typically covered by dental insurance. You will have an opportunity to speak with an administrative dental insurance specialist who will review finances prior to the procedure.