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i-CAT®

Dr. Clark was one of the first general dentist in the Bakersfield area to offer the
i-CAT® CT imaging system. While CT (computed tomography) imaging has been used in the medical field for over 30 years, it is becoming the new diagnostic tool of choice for analysis, diagnosis and treatment planning due to the latest advancements in diagnostic technology such as the revolutionary i-CAT® Cone Beam 3-D Imaging System. This three-dimensional CT technology can provide a quicker full scan of the head than traditional two-dimensional imaging, allowing dental professionals a better visualization of the hard and soft tissues of the craniofacial structures from several perspectives. In addition to the advantages of traditional CT scans, the i-CAT® Cone Beam releases up to 90% less radiation than traditional X-ray machines, enhancing your safety while providing crisp, clear images for more efficient diagnostic analysis and treatment. We feel our modern, cutting-edge techniques ensure you are receiving the quality care you deserve.

The i-CAT® Cone Beam 3-D Imaging System can immediately produce three-dimensional images in under one minute. This in-office, easy-to-use system provides us with a comprehensive view of all oral and maxillofacial structures, dramatically increasing the efficiency with which your orthodontist is able diagnose your condition and plan for your treatment.
i-CAT® technology is used for:

  • TMJ assessment
  • Surgical planning
  • Assessment of cleft lip and palates
  • Assessment of the alveolar bone
  • Impacted tooth position
  • Facial analysis
  • Tongue size and posture
  • Airway assessment
  • Placement of dental implants

Digital Imaging

Our office uses the most state-of-the-art technology available to help create the smile you want, which is why we use digital models. Digital modeling allows us to create a three-dimensional digital model of your teeth, which help us keep you informed of your treatment options and progress, while also providing you with optimal results. We can create a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific needs and desires with increased efficiency and overall effectiveness.

Some benefits of digital models over traditional study model materials include:

  • Accuracy: they require fewer appointments.
  • Efficiency: they require less time in the treatment chair.
  • Customizability: they provide a digital plan and allow for trays that are tailored to meet the individual needs and desires of each patient.
  • Visualization: they provide each patient with a definite picture of what their teeth will look like following treatment.
  • Innovation: they use the most advanced 3-D video technologies.

We also use high-resolution digital photography to capture detailed images of your mouth, thus enabling us to maintain sharp, accurate records and keep you thoroughly informed of your treatment progress.