South Shore Long Island
Periodontics & Implantology P.C.
Dr. Leslie G. Batnick, D.D.S.
Dr. Lois B. Levine, D.D.S.
Dr. Joo H. Kim, D.D.S.
Diplomates, American Board of Periodontology

I-CAT® Cone-Beam CT Scan

At South Shore Long Island Periodontics & Implantology, we recognize the need for accurate information when it comes to diagnosing and planning care. The more information we have, the better we can determine the most appropriate treatment methods.

Each individual patient has a different, unique situation. There’s simply no such thing as “one size fits all” dentistry. This is particularly true when it comes to advanced and specialized procedures.

This is one of the reasons why we have taken the time to explore and bring the most advanced, up-to-date technology to our practice, such as the I-CAT® Cone Beam Dental Scan System. This system provides high-definition, 3-D digital imaging right here in the office so that we can obtain an incredibly detailed 3-D picture of your face, including the bone structure, surrounding tissues, and other vital structures, such as the nerves and arteries. Using this information, we can diagnose problems and plan treatment like dental implants, knowing exactly what to expect every step of the way.

Surprises can be fun – but not in dentistry and other surgical procedures. We want to know about details like the location of your sinuses, nerves, and blood vessels as well as the density, quality, and quantity of your bone so that we can perform predictable dentistry with high accuracy and success rates.

What Are the Advantages of the I-CAT® System?

The system we use is similar to a traditional medical CT scan, but it exposes the patient to significantly less radiation and it allows for quicker and easier image acquisition.

I-CAT® scan time is typically less than 20 seconds, so you don’t have to hold still for minutes at a time. Our patients appreciate the speed and comfort of the system.

The 3-D imaging allows for more accurate and interactive treatment planning between you and your doctor. We can use the software to zoom in, enhance, and highlight portions of the images. This means more accurate diagnostics and the opportunity to review your images with you so that you can see what we see and we can educate you about your condition and our recommendations. More information for you means more control over your own oral health.

When Do We Use the I-CAT® Scanner?

We can use the system to address a number of situations, but the most common reason we use the scanner is to plan dental implant placement.

Dental implants are a fantastic technology that allows us to replace missing teeth with porcelain crowns that feel and function like natural teeth. But because they are surgically placed in the periodontal bone, it’s crucial that the bone have the density to support the implant. The 3-D scanner allows us to see the density and the width of your bone, along with the precise location of supporting structures. With this information, we can determine whether you would benefit from adjunctive treatment (such as grafting) before we place your implants.