Dr. Thomas J. Kepic offers state-of-the art, 3D x-ray technology for diagnosis and treatment planning in his Upland, CA dental office
Dr. Thomas J. Kepic, a board-certified periodontist, now offers the latest 3D x-ray imaging equipment in his Upland, CA periodontal office.
By: Thomas J. Kepic, DDS, MSD
While the patient is standing, the x-ray beam moves around the field of view to produce a large number of images that are compiled by the built-in computer to produce 3D images. These high-resolution images can then be rotated and viewed from different angles. The machine takes the images in only 17 seconds.
"This technology is an amazing addition to our practice," Dr. Kepic said. "First, it's a great time saver for patients. Before we had this capability in our office, patients had to travel to an off-site location. The images were e-mailed to me, and the entire process was cumbersome."
Having the 3D imaging technology in the office allows Dr. Kepic to view images just minutes after they are taken and discuss treatment options with patients. "It's very useful to be able to show patients details about their case and discuss potential treatment with them," Dr. Kepic said. "They often do not need to return for a consultation because I have all the information at my fingertips. Patients appreciate the efficiency."
Dr. Kepic also noted that the new technology is particularly useful in certain cases, such as dental implants and periodontal treatment involving bone grafting. "An adequate volume of bone is absolutely essential for the long-term success of dental implants as well as periodontal treatment where there has been bone loss. Dental implants and natural tooth roots require sufficient bone to remain fixed in place. With 3D imaging, I can evaluate the case ahead of time with the benefit of much more information."
Another important consideration with dental implants is precise placement of the implant itself. "There really is no comparison between the diagnostic information available on a conventional, two-dimensional x-ray and the modern 3D image," Dr. Kepic noted. "It is now possible to place a dental implant with great precision, which is essential to the long-term success of the procedure," he said.
Dr. Kepic's office is accepting new patients. A referral is not required. The office can be reached through the website www.tomkepic.com or by calling (909) 982-4169.