Dental Implant Process: Finding a Nerve with Carestream Cone Beam | Enamel Pearls

Dental Implant Process: Finding a Nerve with Carestream Cone Beam | Enamel Pearls


Today on Enamel Pearls, weÕre going to show
you how to use software to find your mental foramen and your inferior alveolar nerve. In todayÕs implantology, it is critical that
you know right where that anatomy is when youÕre drilling into the posterior mandible. Luckily, we have excellent software that can
use your CT scan to zero-in on your artery, your nerve, the mental foramen, before you
drill. LetÕs go to the software from Carestream. Today, weÕll be using CarestreamÕs Cone
Beam interpretation software to evaluate the mental foramen and the inferior alveolar nerve,
on a lower right focused field scan from the Kodak 9000 3D. HereÕs how easy it is. First, adjust the arched line until some of
the mandibular canal is visible. In the transaxial view, find the mental foramen. I like to trace the nerve from the angle of
the mandible to the mental foramen, but you can do it from either direction. Once you see the mandibular canal in the scan,
click and drop connected points to create a map of the nerve. Then re-trace the mapped nerve through the
axial slices and adjust the nerve position until itÕs accurate. If the standard diameter nerve is too large
or too small, then you can change the setting to a variety of nerve diameters and colors
in the nerve tool. Now that we have an accurate map of the nerve
position, we can measure alveolar dimensions and place a digital implant. Knowing where the nerve is, makes for peace
of mind in placing implants in the posterior mandible. For more tips and how-toÕs, go to YouTube
and find us at Enamel Pearls.

Author: Kevin Mason

1 thought on “Dental Implant Process: Finding a Nerve with Carestream Cone Beam | Enamel Pearls

  1. Dear Dr. Joel Henriod,

    Could you tell me what was the program you used in this video?

    Thank you in advance.

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