I-CAT Technology

Bedford Associates in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

John P. McPhillips, DDS, MD

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery located in Bedford, TX

At Bedford Associates In Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, John McPhillips, DDS, MD, invests in state-of-the-art technology including i-CAT™ 3-D digital imaging to provide the best possible oral surgeries and dental implant placement. If you live in or around Bedford, Texas, and need an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, you can count on Dr. McPhillips to perform outstanding procedures using the best dental and oral surgical technology available today. Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn how Dr. McPhillips uses technology to perform confident and effective oral and maxillofacial surgeries.

I-CAT Technology Q & A

What is i-CAT technology?

I-CAT technology is an innovative 3-D imaging tool that provides extremely accurate images and models of your teeth, jaw, and other maxillofacial features and structures. I-CAT digital imaging uses a low-dose cone beam, which is safe for you and your family while also providing the most accurate diagnostic images.

Dr. McPhillips uses the i-CAT 3D scanner to:

  • Assess the quality and density of your jawbone
  • Locate nerves and exact orientation and position of teeth
  • Diagnose tumors and other diseases in their early stages
  • Locate the best site to place dental implants
  • Locate and examine impacted teeth

While oral and maxillofacial surgeons have used X-rays and CAT scans for years, i-CAT 3D scans provide additional information including bone density, bone structure, and visualization of the soft tissue and nerves in your mouth, jaw, and face.

How does i-CAT technology improve oral and maxillofacial surgery?

Dr. McPhillips uses i-CAT 3D digital imaging to diagnose your condition. He identifies deformities including tumors, cysts, and lesions as well as changes to your jaw. The precise images also show him the exact location of impacted teeth, their proximity to adjacent teeth, and other structures like the nerve canal.

Having such detailed information allows Dr. McPhillips to treat you with greater surgical predictability and confident outcomes. The diagnostic scans alert him to complications such as low bone density and abnormal tooth orientation so he can adjust his approach accordingly.

These 3D images are also helpful when planning and placing dental implants. In addition to providing Dr. McPhillips with a clear map for placing the posts, he also sends the 3D images to the Nobel Biocare® lab for the implants to be custom-made for your specific needs.

What happens during i-CAT scanning?

The i-CAT 3D scanning procedure is quick and simple to perform. While you sit comfortably, the cone beams take hundreds of pictures of the bones and structures of your mouth, jaw, and face, which are digitally compiled to create a 3D model of the inner structures and mechanics of your face and jaw.

The i-CAT scanner is open, so you don’t need to worry about feeling claustrophobic or enclosed. The treatment is painless and uses extremely low doses of energy to create the images to ensure your safety and comfort throughout the process.

Call or schedule an appointment online today for expert oral and maxillofacial services that make the most of cutting-edge technology to improve your experience and outcome.