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November 2015
Volume 11, Issue 4

Elevating Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

3D imaging with GALILEOS can bring your practice to the next level

Anthony Ramirez, DDS, MAGD

In 2009, I began my journey with GALILEOS 3D CBCT imaging (Figure 1 and Figure 2) as an early adopter of Sirona technology. My practice experienced an immediate boon in productivity and prosperity. I have always been impressed with Sirona’s commitment to my achievements over the years, as they provide the training requisite for success in the field and their products are, simply put, state-of-the-art. Sirona’s digital workflow is a gamechanger, and I utilize this 21st century technology to reveal, identify, educate, treatment plan, case present, and inform, all in one visit.

GALILEOS 3D CBCT imaging is the foundation of my complete dental examination. The diagnostic information obtained serves to aid my patients in understanding their dental problems and becoming partners in their own dental care. This is the concept of co-diagnosis, an innovation that has been well received by my patients. My in-office GALILEOS unit allows me to present my patients with their treatment plan during their initial visit, thereby making a second treatment consultation unnecessary.

GALILEOS is a groundbreaking system with sophisticated yet easy-to-use software that navigates a 3D maxillofacial radiographic volume in an efficient, streamlined manner. Scan, Plan and Case Present is how I engage the patient in an interactive conversation and review their dental and maxillofacial 3D images. This captures their attention and improves case acceptance as visual images trump words when explaining dental issues to patients. Non-distorted 3D and cross-sectional views overcome the inherent limitations of 2D radiographs. When patients experience a complete dental examination that effectively communicates their conditions via 3D representation, they will make better choices as to what treatment they are willing to accept. In short, with GALILEOS I maintain a higher standard of dental excellence.

3D CBCT imaging allows me to observe bone anatomy, bony defects, and nerves in their exact locations. Pathologies that cannot be seen in 2D x-rays are revealed with CBCT, thereby leading to better treatment planning and improved treatment outcomes. Results of these findings are used to confirm or alter prescribed treatment, may help avoid unnecessary treatment, and create safer procedures altogether. I have found that the more complex the problem may be, the more important it becomes to use the superior technology of GALILEOS.

Today I also place and restore dental implants routinely thanks to the confidence and experience I have gained from utilizing GALILEOS and surgical guides. The use of SICAT surgical guides and the advanced diagnostic information obtained from navigating through 3D CBCT images helps me avoid potential complications with vital anatomy, natural teeth, and poor implant positioning. 3D CBCT imaging is the standard of care in my practice when it comes to pre-surgical implant evaluation, virtual implant positioning, and facilitating the production of computer-generated surgical guides.

The GALILEOS-CEREC integration allows for simultaneous prosthetic and implant planning in a single visit. These technologies have been instrumental in conveying the message to patients that we practice life-changing dentistry. The ConceptS surgical suite and C8+ system are the newest additions to my practice. All of these Sirona technologies seamlessly integrate with one another: CEREC, ConceptS, GALILEOS, Heliodent, MCXL milling unit, Omnicam, and Schick 33. My practice has garnered a reputation via these technologies and the uniquely personalized approach I take with enhanced diagnostics and advanced treatments that make complex cases routine and manageable.

The standard of care has risen in my practice thanks to GALILEOS CBCT imaging and CEREC technologies. I pride myself on operating a patient-centered digital dental practice. My relationship with my patients has never been stronger, as they know I have invested my entire adult life to their wellbeing, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of their lives. With Sirona technologies, my childhood dream to be a successful dentist has been fulfilled, as I have become a craftsman committed to providing my patients the optimal oral treatment that today’s digital dentistry affords. With transparent diagnostics, I clearly convey their dental problems and successfully create their dental solutions.

About the Author

Anthony Ramirez, DDS, MAGD, specializes in cosmetic smile design and digital implantology in his practice in Brooklyn, New York. In practice since 1983, Dr. Ramirez is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, a key opinion leader for Sirona, a CEREC Doctors mentor, and an attending physician at New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Ramirez utilizes 3D CBCT imaging and CEREC CAD/CAM technologies to promote a fully integrated digital dental practice and improve quality of life for his patients.

Reasons to Buy GALILEOS 3D CBCT

Improved Diagnosis

Unparalleled visualization of the maxillofacial region

Safer Imaging

Optimized for the highest possible image quality at the lowest dose

Patient Education

Assists in presenting cases to patients to guide clinical decision-making

Implant Surgical Planning

Precise surgical guides for predictable surgery and optimal outcomes

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