Ever since the breathtaking and technologically advanced movie called ‘Avatar’ hit the big screens 6 years ago, the term ‘3D’ has been everywhere. That particular film was groundbreaking because of how they used 3D technology to advance the plot and essentially make the audience feel that they were actually a part of the environment they were seeing.
The use of 3D technology has also found a place in the world of medicine. Gone are the days of an expecting couple limited solely to a two dimensional ultrasound image of their upcoming bundle of joy. 3D imaging has allowed for a more full and complete look at what’s to come. In the world of dentistry, the use of 3D technology is a great tool to help get a complete look of what is already there.
In the same way an architect creates blueprints and may even generate a 3D miniaturized model of the structure that is being planned, the Ottawa dental professionals at locations such as the Holland Cross Dental Centre are able to use state of the art technology to create a 3D mapping of a patients’ mouth. With that image they are then able to plan out the next steps for a particular procedure.
In a nutshell, the process begins with an initial CT scan of the mouth. That scanned information is then assessed by a radiologist to inspect the intricacies of that particular patients’ scan. After inspection, the data is converted into a 3D image, which helps give a different perspective and improves depth perception. The final steps include creating a treatment plan for the patient based on the newly acquired information and finally, ordering a surgical guide which provides the precise details to promote the safest and most efficient surgery.
Some of the benefits of 3D guided surgery are:
- Less overall incisions
- A simplified dental implant treatment process
- More satisfied patients
3D guided surgery makes for faster, safer and more accurate and successful surgeries. Make sure to speak to your Ottawa dental professional about any questions or concerns you may have regarding the use of this particular technology.