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About iCAT® Cone Beam CT Scans

  We are excited to now offer an impressive new technology to our patients and to other doctors’ patients of who are in need of a CT scan. This technology is iCAT® Cone Beam Computer Assembled Tomography (CBCT) imaging, sometimes called 3-D radiographs or 3-D x-rays. Using CBCT means we now have the ability to take three dimensional images of the teeth, jaws and facial bones and structures at lower costs and with much less energy than the typical CT scan used in hospitals. 3-D imaging provides the opportunity of improved diagnosis for patients, for many situations. These include impacted teeth, dental implant planning, complex dental reconstruction planning, observation of orthodontic and obstructive sleep apnea patients’ airway characteristics, and development analysis for orthodontic treatment planning.

  Understandably, you may have questions about exposure to these types of x-rays. Here are some facts you should know about 3-D imaging. An iCAT® CBCT (8.5 seconds’) exposure is:

• About 1/2 as much as a full series of digital dental images

• About 1/5 as much as a full series of standard dental x-rays (films)

• About 1/70 as much as a typical medical CT scan.

   CBCT therefore offers patients enhanced diagnostic value at significantly reduced exposure. At the same time, CBCT scans can image the entire head and most of the neck. As dentists, we evaluate teeth, jaws and surrounding supporting bone using CBCTs for limited purposes as those listed above. Our training and dental licenses do not provide for evaluating and diagnosing outside those areas. However, since CBCT imaging can cover a broader area, we want to offer you the opportunity to have your CBCT scan read and interpreted by an oral maxillofacial radiologist, a specialist who is trained and licensed to evaluate and diagnose a broader area. CBCT may show evidence of disease of structures such as the sinuses, cervical spine, skull or arteries. We can send your CBCT scan to a radiology group for the purpose of reading the CBCT scan.

About Panoramic X-rays

  The iCAT® machine has the ability to take a 3-D panoramic x-ray as well as a full CBCT scan of the head and neck. In some cases, the 3-D panoramic x-ray is sufficient for the doctors to view the area(s) in question (such as, for diagnosing third molars). The panoramic x-ray shows a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and a Temporomandibular joints (TMJs). It does not generally find cavities, but it does show problems such as impacted teeth, some bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths of bone (tumors), larger infections, and bone fractures. Compared with the traditional, two dimensional panoramic x-ray, the 3-D panoramic x-ray gives the doctors more information, allowing them to accurately and confidently diagnose and plan procedures, such as the extraction of impacted third molars (“wisdom teeth”).   Because the 3-D panoramic x-ray is taken with the iCAT® machine, we have the opportunity to send the scan to an oral maxillofacial radiologist for reading and interpretation, as explained above in “About iCAT® Cone Beam CBCT Scans
 

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Below are some of the communities in the New Orleans area proudly served by the dentists and staff at New Orleans Dental Center :

Eastbank:
New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, Harahan, River Ridge, Chalmette, Arabi, Meraux and all the communities of Orleans, Jefferson and Saint Bernard Parishes.
Westbank:
Algiers, Avondale, Barataria, Belle Chasse, Boothville, Braithwaite, Bridge City, Buras, Crown Point, Devant, Empire, Gretna, Harvey, Jean Lafitte, Jesuit Bend, Lafitte, Marrero, Nairn, Pilottown, Point A La Hache, Port Sulphur, Terrytown, Waggaman, West Pointe A La Hache, Westwego and all the communities of Orleans and Jefferson Parishes.
River Parishes: Boutte, Des Allemands, Destrahan, Good Hope, Hahnvlle, Luling, New Sarpy, Paradis, St. Rose and all the communities of St. Charles, St. John and Ascension Parishes.

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