Dr. Joseph Maniscalco of Arlington has installed a revolutionary Pax-i 3D imaging system from Vatech that is making dental implant surgery easier for his patients. Specializing in prosthodontics (dental implants), Dr. Maniscalco opened his practice at 19 Chestnut Street in 2009.
With this new 3D system, implant procedures can be minimally invasive with less pain, bruising and swelling and - in some instances - with implants completed the same day (no three-month recovery period). Dr. Maniscalco is able to see detailed visuals of a patients’ dental structure before he begins implant surgery. Using previous technology, dentists would have to open up the gums during surgery before they could ascertain what steps needed to be taken. This approach was not only lengthy and painful, but carried the risk of bone absorption, which often lead to a three-month waiting period while the graft healed (i.e., the patient walked around with no tooth for three months).
Using 3D technology before the actual surgery, Dr. Maniscalco can obtain a clear image of how the bone is situated, thus allowing him to plan the correct procedure and treatment for each case. Then, during the surgery, with additional scans taking only seconds (with minimal radiation), the doctor can visually – and safely - monitor problem areas. The surgery proceeds more quickly and discomfit is minimized.
Although the 3D imaging machine is used primarily for dental implants and root canal diagnostics, Dr. Maniscalco is offering an important additional service at no additional cost: Patients with sleep apnea or sinus issues will be given a flash drive that can be taken to their primary care doctor.
The Pax-i 3D scan has the lowest dose of radiation in the country (i.e., no more radiation than a person working in a yard for three days). The 5.9-second rapid scan allows Dr. Maniscalco to safely take multiple scans before, during and after a procedure to see how the bone is healing. Other imaging machines (including the ones on mobile vans) have much higher radiation and dentists could use them for a one-time only scan during the procedure.
For more information, call the office at 781-643-2344 or check out the doctor’s website at http://www.josephmaniscalcodds.com