3D Imaging

i cat machineThe iCat system gives our oral and maxillofacial practice state-of-the-art technology to help Dr. Biggerstaff diagnose potential issues more accurately and provide treatment with unprecedented confidence. Unlike a traditional spiral CT scanner, this 3D system utilizes cone beam CT technology and provided precise, crystal-clear digital images while minimizing your exposure to radiation. Our new 3D system enables us to perform a wider range of diagnoses and treatments in our office, helping to reduce multiple visits.

Our new 3D scanner allows us to choose the field of view, or scanning area, that best suits your specific treatment needs. This helps to limit your radiation exposure because we are focusing specifically on your area of concern.

The iCat system brings the latest 3D technology to Advanced Oral & Facial Surgery of the Triad, providing unmatched visualization of anatomical detail aids in treatment planning and help us better explain the particulars of your case and address any questions you might have. Dr. Biggerstaff can use this innovative technology to quickly and easily share 3D images of the area of concern with your referring doctor – allowing the doctors to collaborate on your care, improving your experience and delivering a positive treatment outcome.

Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP) for Orthognathic or Corrective Jaw Surgery

Cone beam CT scans can be used to plan orthognathic surgery by making the surgical cuts and jaw movements virtually. All movements are visible in 3 dimensions making orthognathic surgery more precise and predictable than ever.

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Dental Implant Treatment Planning

These are select images from a Cone Beam CT scan. The top image is very similar to the panorex you would get at your dentist’s office. The lower three images are cross sections of the lower jaw where the implant is placed. With this technology we can precisely measure the jaw bone and height, as well as locate critical anatomical structures such as your sinuses and sensory nerves. This technology enables a much more precise implant surgery.

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Custom Facial Implant Design and Fabrication 

Cone beam CT allows us to accurately assess bony asymmetry in the facial skeleton. The 3-D images are then used to design custom facial implants that can be surgically placed to correct certain facial asymmetries. These implants can be made of silicone or high density porous polyethylene. Many of these implants are placed through incisions inside the mouth.

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(The image on the left is the CT scan prior to the placement of the chin implant)