GALILEOS Imaging and Diagnostics
Dr. Kauffman is a stalwart advocate of the use of 3D x-ray imaging in dentistry. We use a large field of view (FOV) GALILEOS ORTHOPOS XG at Dr. Kauffman’s. This large FOV enables Dr. Kauffman to evaluate airways, orthodontic cases, TMJ issues, endodontic therapy, and implant planning.
3D x-ray imaging is known to the medical world as Cone Beam Volumetric Tomography (CBVT). It has been adapted to the dental field by reducing volume size and drastically reducing radiative exposures to produce the images. In Dr. Kauffman’s practice, CBVT has been used to help plan implant surgeries, by marrying another technology, that we routinely use, CEREC CAD/CAM crowns.
The CEREC CAD/CAM technology enables Dr. Kauffman to take 3-dimensional models of patients’ teeth and relevant oral anatomy. These 3D models can be integrated into a 3D CBVT image to enable Dr. Kauffman, to map nerves and digitally place an implant: (pictured left)
In addition to implant planning, CBVT offers many other advantages over traditional imaging, but especially in the area of oral pathology detection. Dr. Kauffman uses his 20+ years of dental experience and occasionally makes use of a 3rd party radiologist to assist in certain diagnosis.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a potentially harmful disorder caused by and airway that is naturally too small. Traditional forms of dental imaging would not be able to capture an image of a patient’s airway. With CBVT imaging we are able to not only capture an image of the airway, but also perform a preliminary evaluation using special imaging software:
3D CBVT technology represents part of the future of dentistry. It is improving pathology detection, implant and restorative case planning, and the effectiveness of twice yearly exams. If you are ready for a comprehensive dental exam, in a practice that is on the cutting edge of dental technology, then