A Smile Restored, Starting With an i-CAT Scan

As one of the first dentists to use the CBCT scanner in my area, I realized its important role in the rebuilding process. The very comprehensive data from the 3D scan helped me plan decisive aspects of the planting process, such as precise spacing and parallelism. 3D imaging system helps me plan the most challenging cases.

The reconstruction of one of my patients requires creative planning, and i-CAT 3D imaging systems play an important role. This patient was diagnosed with multiple ameloblastoma from FMX. He was without symptoms at the time. An oral surgeon removed the mandibular portion that extends from the middle of tooth number 18 to tooth number # 27, using a metal rod to support the intact portion of the mandible. In the second surgery, the patient’s jaw was reconstructed with the buttocks of the body’s ribs and bone marrow.

Although this method removes ameloblastomas, patients are concerned about his function and appearance. Before surgery, he actively involved in social activities and attractiveness. Now, without the anterior teeth on the mandible, his lower left seems to have collapsed, and he can not chew over there.

The 3D imaging system helped me plan the most challenging cases.
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before and after
Data from CBCT scans result in predictable levels of surgery, which can not be achieved with 2D imaging alone. Scanning showed that the buccal side of the tooth would protrude to the cheeks and lips of conventional crowns and bridges that I originally wanted to pursue. An i-CAT scan created a surgical guide for placement of implants. I worked with the lab to create customized castings and implant frameworks that accentuate better aesthetics and clinical outcomes. I promoted a moveable appliance that functions like most of the tissue that is lost after oral surgery.

The patient comes to me and I am able to devise a reconstruction plan that takes into account his personal and challenging needs. The information obtained from the 3D scan is very well spaced and the patient does not experience the remaining problems. After treatment, he can chew over there, almost the same as before surgery.

Asymptomatic anomalies can surprise clinicians, so I will not plan an implant unit without a 3D scan. I said humbly, I gave him the patient’s smile.

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