Posted on 10/1/2016 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
|February 5, 2013
The advantages of CBCT in visualizing the alveolus in three-dimension and making precise measurements before surgery are obvious in the field of implant dentistry. The implant surgeon can use CBCT imaging to determine the viability of implant placement, the possible need for bone grafting, and the precise location of anatomical structures like the inferior alveolar canal or maxillary sinus. Having this information preoperatively greatly reduces the likelihood of the need to change the treatment approach intraoperatively. The surgeon has the ability to anticipate implant placement and even to place implants in a virtual model prior to surgery.
CTCB is used for implant planning and in the fabrication of a stent used intraoperatively for precise implant placement in predetermined locations. The stent can be fabricated on top of the CBCT image without the need for patient contact, allowing for precise placement of implants, prefabrication of the prosthesis and abutments, and delivery of the prosthesis on the same day as surgery, all of this with the benefit of less radiation exposure to the patient as compared to a conventional CT Scan.