i-CAT imaging – a very fast diagnosis
You are aware you need to improve your oral health but you’ve let things slide for awhile. You want to do this in the most effective way. Your life is busy and you have a demanding job. Before you start, you want all the information you need to make the right decision.
Dr. Eddie Siman uses an imaging system called i-CAT. It gives a detailed, high-resolution 3-D picture of your dental anatomy, allowing for precise assessment of your dental condition and accurate planning of any dental restoration. This system is a quick and comfortable way to locate and evaluate any dental problems, ensuring that you receive the exact treatment you need.
What is i-CAT for?
i-CAT is a form of computer-aided tomography (CAT, sometimes called computed tomography, CT), known as cone-beam. You could think of the machine similar to an old coin-operated photo booth. While you are sitting in the chair it takes a series of pictures. These are then assembled by the computer into a three-dimensional image of your dental anatomy.
The benefits of i-CAT
i-CAT is comfortable and quick. Instead of the old bitewing x-rays, you just sit in a chair and, in less than a minute for most cases (and sometimes as little as 8.5 seconds!), it performs the scan. Then, once the image is constructed, Dr. Eddie Siman will show you in detail what your dental issues are and clearly lay out your treatment options, so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed.
i-CAT also helps to assess areas of concern in high-resolution and 3-D. This can aid in planning your treatment and ensuring you receive the best possible treatment. The i-CAT allows Dr. Eddie Siman to image parts of the head and mouth, such as the temporomandibular joint, that are sometimes difficult to view with more traditional tools. The data is easily transferable, so Dr. Eddie Siman can work more effectively with other dental professionals, like orthodontists, when necessary.
i-CAT is used for many procedures
The imaging power of the i-CAT can be extremely useful if you are considering any significant dental treatment. If planning a full mouth reconstruction, it is crucial to assessing the current state of your teeth.
i-CAT imaging can be used to assess your jawbone to determine whether dental implants are a good option for replacing missing teeth. i-CAT is also used to supplement more traditional neuromuscular diagnostic tools like the K7 system. This can improve the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ in many cases.
If you are looking for dental treatment with the maximum in comfort, schedule a dental treatment consultation with dentist Dr. Eddie Siman in Los Angeles or Sherman Oaks. We look forward to seeing you smile again.