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3D Imaging

Cone Beam Evaluation

Dr. Riggs uses advanced 3d Imaging in his Oral Surgery in Greensboro NC

The process starts when a Cone Beam CT Scan is taken of the patient's jawbone. This Cone Beam CT Scan allows for the generation of a three-dimensional model of the jawbone that can then be used in virtual reality software to plan the implant placement without the presence of the patient. The results are more accurate implant placement, and less chair time for the patient at the surgery office. It also allows the fabrication of precision surgical guides that are used during surgery.

Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) is cutting edge technology. We are proud to be the first oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in the Piedmont Triad area to have purchased CBCT imaging. This x-ray image allows our doctors to use digital quality radiographs in three dimensions. The image is similar to a hospital CAT scan, yet exposes patients to far less radiation, and CBCT limits the imaged area to the oral & maxillofacial region. Our imaging technology allows us to diagnose and treat our patients at a far higher level than conventional plain film or digital x-rays. CBCT has proven to minimize post-operative pain and swelling by minimizing surgical exposure. Our incisions are smaller because we can precisely locate teeth, bone area and lesions in 3D before we ever perform surgery.

The image is taken almost identical to a panoramic image that many patients are accustomed to taking. This allows us to image patients during a regular office visit, in a matter of minutes, without ever leaving our office!

Axial Cut

Axial Cut

Bird's Eye

Bird's Eye

Lateral Cut

Lateral

Palatal Perspective

Palatal
Perspective

Sagittal Cut

Sagittal Cut

Pre-Operative Virtual Implant Surgery

We also have software that can transform these images into a powerful virtual surgical program. We can then evaluate bone volume, density, location of anatomic structures (nerves, blood vessels, sinuses) for treatment planning of the placement of dental implants.

Mandibular implant and nerve

Mandibular Implant and Nerve

Edentulous maxilla, 4 implants

Edentulous Maxilla, 4 Implants

Mandibular implant and nerve

Mandibular Implant and Nerve

3D mandible, 4 implants

3D Mandible, 4 Implants

Implant & virtual tooth

Implant & Virtual Tooth