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Our Technology

We live in a time where technological developments are always happening. In the field of dentistry, technological developments are continually helping to improve how we provide you with care, the quality of care you receive, and the outcomes of many different procedures. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we are proud to offer some of the latest dental technologies to help you maintain optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.

3D Imaging Unit

3D Imaging Unit

Our 3D imaging unit allows us to take a scan of your mouth that is then displayed on a computer monitor in 3D. Taking the image requires less than a minute to complete. A cone-shaped X-ray beam rotates 360 degrees around your head. As it rotates, it takes several pictures. The computer puts these pictures together to create a single 3D image that is displayed almost immediately on our computer monitor. We are then able to use specialized software to manipulate the image in some different ways. We can rotate the image, zoom in and enhance, and change the image from black and white to color. The image shows us bone, teeth, muscles, ligaments, and joints. We can even see nerve passageways. This type of imaging technology helps us to diagnose some different issues as well as provide you with much more effective treatment plans. 

Planmeca 3D Imaging Unit

Your mouth is a complex structure that has several working components. All of these components are essential for allowing your mouth to perform some different essential tasks, including eating and speaking. There are many parts of your mouth that we can see, but several we cannot. In the event of experiencing symptoms of an oral health issue, we need to see every component of your mouth to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we can do just that with our 3D imaging unit.

3D Imaging

Our 3D imaging unit is a machine that uses digital imaging technology to take pictures of all of the structures inside your mouth, including the ones that cannot be seen with the naked eye. The technology that the unit uses is similar to the technology used in digital X-ray machines. The images produced, however, more closely resemble images taken by a CT scan.

3D imaging involves the use of a 3D cone-shaped X-ray beam. This beam rotates 360 degrees around your head, taking several images as it moves. The software takes these images and pieces them together to create a single 3-dimensional image on a computer monitor. The scan takes less than a minute to complete, and the final image is displayed almost immediately. With the image produced, we can see soft tissue, bone, teeth, and nerves. All of the information provided allows us to make a much more accurate diagnosis and provide you with a much more effective treatment plan.

Uses for 3D Imaging

The 3D imaging unit can be used for several purposes, including:

  • Determining the presence of impacted wisdom, or other, teeth.
  • Looking over sinus cavities, nasal passages, and nerve pathways.
  • Determining the cause of temporomandibular joint disorder.
  • Evaluating jaw tumors.
  • Assessing the amount of bone mass in your jaw to determine your candidacy for dental implants. The image can tell us if a bone graft is needed. It can also be used to help determine optimal placement for dental implants.

How 3D Imaging is Performed

Getting a scan is a quick, simple, painless procedure. Before your scan, you will be requested to remove all jewelry, including necklaces, earrings, and facial piercings. Metallic hairpieces, including hairbands with metal, should be taken out. If you wear glasses or hearing aids, these will also need to be removed.You are then instructed to sit down at the machine and place your chin on the rest. We will make any necessary adjustments to ensure an optimal image is captured. While the scan takes less than a minute to complete, it is essential that you remain still. Once the scan is finished, the image is shown almost immediately on the computer monitor.

Benefits of 3D Imaging

3D imaging offers numerous benefits.

  • The scan is completely painless, and it takes less than a full minute to complete.
  • The scan produces a high-quality 3D image that shows us soft tissue, bone, and teeth.
  • We can manipulate the image to see your mouth from multiple angles. We can also zoom in on target areas and enhance the picture for clarity as well as change the coloring of the image to spot the smallest details.
  • The image provides exact 1 to 1 measurements, which help to enable the creation of perfectly fitting restorations.

With our 3D imaging unit, we can see every part of your mouth, including those invisible to the naked eye. With a complete picture of your mouth, we can make a more accurate diagnosis and provide you with the best possible treatment to restore the health of your mouth. Call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 to learn more today.

Nobel X-Guide Navigation

Nobel X-Guide NavigationThe Nobel X-guide navigation system helps us to provide you with the best dental implant placement. This system provides turn by turn guidance that helps us to improve the movements of our tools during the dental implant placement process. It is almost like a GPS enabled implant treatment. With the X-guide, we can plan for all factors involved in placing your implants to find the ideal locations. We can visualize the placement of your dental restorations with virtual teeth. We can determine exact depths for your implants to provide you with the precise placement needed for the best possible outcome. Working with our 3D imaging unit, now we can do more than just plan the ideal procedure. Now we can execute it as well. 

Nobel X-Guide Navigation

Dental implants are an incredible treatment for replacing your missing teeth, no matter if you are missing one tooth or an entire arch. This treatment involves the surgical implantation of small titanium posts in your jaw to provide support for your dental restorations. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we have access to some of the most advanced dental technologies available. These technologies enhance how we can perform treatments, including dental implants, allowing us to provide you with the best care possible. With Nobel X-guide navigation, we can place your dental implants in optimal locations to help ensure their stability and longevity.

What is Nobel X-Guide Navigation?

Nobel X-guide navigation is a revolutionary system designed for optimal implant placement. It provides 3D navigation for an interactive turn by turn directions to improve the accuracy of implant placement positioning, angle, and depth. With this technology, we can visualize the exact movements of our tools during your surgery. It is almost like a GPS for the placement of your implants. We can see the exact movements we need to make before we make them, allowing for the best possible treatment outcomes. We can even see the placement of virtual teeth, which allows us to provide you with the best aesthetic outcome as well.

Working with 3D Imaging for Optimal Placement

With 3D imaging, we can take 3D scans of your mouth to see your soft tissues, your teeth, and your bones, as well as your nerves, sinus cavities, and more. With a simple scan, we are provided with a high-quality 3D image that we can manipulate in some different ways. We can rotate the image, zoom in on certain areas, enhance for clarity, and even change the coloration. 3D imaging allows us to create a customized treatment plan and determine optimal implant placement.

The Nobel X-guide navigation system allows us to take it one step further. Not only are we able to create a treatment plan, now we can visualize every step of the process to provide you with the best results possible. The guide is completely interactive, allowing to make the most precise movements. The result of placing implants with Nobel X-guide navigation is the most desirable functional and esthetic outcomes.

Benefits of Nobel X-Guide Navigation

The Nobel X-guide navigation provides several significant benefits.

  • The technology works with 3D imaging technology, which allows us to plan for every factor in the ideal implant placement.
  • It provides turn by turn directions, allowing us to see what needs to be done before we do it.
  • We cannot only plan optimal placement but the angle and depth of the implant posts as well.
  • It allows for same-day guided surgery to become a reality for many patients.
  • We can visualize the placement of virtual teeth, which helps to provide a better aesthetic outcome. We can also plan ideal restorative outcomes with the opposing teeth in your mouth.
  • We can improve overall patient satisfaction, providing the best possible outcomes with the least amount of discomfort.

For more information on Nobel X-guide navigation, or any of our other incredible technologies, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 today.

3D Printer

3D Printer

3D printing is a new way of creating your dental restorations. Where CAD/CAM technology mills your teeth from a single piece of ceramic, the 3D printer creates your new teeth one layer at a time. After we take a scan of your mouth, the information is then sent to the 3D printer. This type of technology provides several significant benefits. With 3D printing, we can use a wider variety of materials. We can create models of your mouth. 3D printing also enables us to more closely match the exact detail of your real teeth, even the smallest details that may not be able to be recreated using CAD/CAM technology. With 3D printing, you can be provided with same day restorations, which helps you to avoid temporary restorations, additional appointments, and disruptions in your busy schedule. 

Formlabs 3D Printer

The newest technologies that are being developed are pretty incredible. One that you may be familiar with is 3D printing. Rather than printing a picture on a page, this technology prints 3-dimensional objects. This technology is becoming more common and even has applications in the field of dentistry. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we utilize a 3D printer to help us provide you with a much higher quality of care.

What is a 3D Printer?

A 3D printer is a type of technology that allows us to custom create dental restorations, molds, and more from a 3D scan of your mouth. Rather than carving the image out of a block of ceramic, like CAD/CAM technology, a 3D printer prints objects one layer at a time. With a 3D printer, we can print objects, whether they be a dental restoration, an orthodontic appliance, or model, from a variety of different materials. The 3D printer can even replicate the smallest details in your teeth for a much more realistic appearance.

The process is fairly simple. First, we take a digital scan of your mouth. The scan is displayed on a computer monitor, and we can use specialized software to design the restoration, model, or mockup. Once our design is complete, we send the information to the 3D printer. Within just a few hours, the fabrication of the item is complete.

Uses for a 3D Printer in a Dental Office

There are several uses for a 3D printer in the dental office. Uses include:

  • Creating dental restorations, including crowns, bridges, dentures, and implants. After taking a 3D scan, we can use specialized software to design your restorations and bring them to life.
  • Orthodontic appliances, including braces, aligners, and retainers.
  • Surgical guides for implant placement.
  • Dental models, which allows you to avoid the need for taking an impression with messy, uncomfortable impression putty.
  • Night guards, for providing relief from the symptoms of bruxism.
  • Building tools. The 3D printer is not just for creating new teeth. Some 3D printers can even be used to make dental drills and other tools that we may need for your dental treatments.

Benefits of the 3D Printer

There are many benefits to using a 3D printer.

  • We create your restorations one layer at a time rather than carving them out of a block of ceramic. This can help us to provide greater accuracy.
  • We can print restorations, tools, and models from a variety of different materials. We are not just limited to one material.
  • We can print more than just restorations. We can also print orthodontic appliances, night guards, surgical guides, tools, and more.
  • 3D printing is often paired with 3D impressions or other 3D imaging technology. This means no more messy impression putty, making the whole process of getting dental restorations much more pleasant.
  • We can provide you with a variety of same-day restorations.
  • Treatments are generally faster and m
  • You save time. With accurate models of your mouth, the need for additional impressions, and more impression putty, is eliminated.

If you are interested in learning more about our 3D printer, and how you can benefit from this incredible technology, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center today at (570) 323-1900.

With the latest dental technologies, we can help you optimize your oral health and maintain your beautiful, confident smile. For more information on the technologies in our office, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 today.

Williamsport Office

Susquehanna Oral and
Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center

1701 Four Mile Drive,
Williamsport, PA 17701

Phone: (570) 323-1900
Fax: (570) 323-6079

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