3D Imaging

Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery

Northern Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Surgeons located in Burke, VA, Reston, VA & Alexandria, VA

Whether you’re having a wisdom tooth pulled or you’re undergoing a more complex oral or maxillofacial surgery, advanced imaging plays a critical role. At Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, the surgical experts understand the importance of detailed diagnostic imaging, which is why they’ve equipped their three Virginia offices in Burke, Alexandria, and Reston with iCAT™ 3D imaging. If you’d like to learn more about how iCAT 3D imaging can help you, please call the office or use the online scheduler to set up an appointment.

3D Imaging Q & A

What is iCAT diagnostic imaging?

Diagnostic imaging plays a vital role in oral and maxillofacial surgery, allowing the oral surgeons at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery to analyze tissue not visible on the surface. This tool enables the team to provide accurate diagnoses and customized treatment plans.

With the practice’s state-of-the-art iCAT imaging, the team can better view areas of the craniofacial region, such as your sinus passages and airways, bone density, and the health of the roots of your teeth. 

This technology is beneficial for devising treatment plans for:

  • Placing dental implants
  • Treating TMJ dysfunction
  • Monitoring bone health 

iCAT imaging even has applications for treating conditions related to sinus issues and sleep apnea.

What are the benefits of iCAT imaging?

Unlike traditional radiography where images are captured on radiographic film, digital imaging displays X-ray results on monitors. This vantage point allows the oral surgeons at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, to better manipulate the images, such as zooming in over specific areas.

The images are also displayed for you to see on high-resolution monitors so that the team can explain their results and future treatment options with the help of clear visuals. Because the images are digital, they can be quickly transferred to other health professionals too.

Beyond the benefits of digital imaging, 3D images offer panoramic views of your entire oral cavity and craniofacial region. With the iCAT machine, the oral surgeons can select various angles to view images as well, which allows for a comprehensive look at your entire oral structures. 

Ultimately, accurate imaging is greatly beneficial for developing your treatment plan. For instance, when the surgeon places a dental implant, you undergo a period of healing where the bone fuses around the implant to stabilize it. With three-dimensional radiography, the team can closely monitor the stabilization process of your implant and improve the likelihood of a successful implantation process.

Is iCAT 3D imaging comfortable?

The iCAT machine is a comfortable experience, and capturing images takes just seconds. The device is designed to allow you to sit comfortably in a chair while the imaging sensor moves around your head and neck to capture panoramic images almost instantaneously.

To learn more about this advanced technology, call one of three Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery offices or use the online scheduler.