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We have begun to rely on Digital 3D imaging techniques and scans to provide us with a detailed view of the mouth and skull.  The advantage that 3D imaging over regular 2D digital x-ray imaging is that bone structure, bone density, tissues, and nerves can be viewed clearly.

CT scans can be completed in less than 10 seconds.  This means that far less radiation enters the body than if a regular set of digital X-rays were taken.  The main use for CT scans is as an aid to plan dental implant treatment and other oral surgery.

Dental implants are the most sophisticated replacement for missing teeth, but have historically proven to be time-consuming to place. CT scans and 3D guided surgery vastly reduce the time it takes to place implants. Dental implants will be placed in a single visit because of this unique type of 3D imaging.

How are cone beam CTscans used?

CT scans allow us to magnify specific areas of the face.  In addition, we can easily view cross-sectional “slices” of the jaw, which makes planning treatment easier and faster.

Here are some of the main ways in which CT scans are used in dentistry:

  • Assess the quality of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
  • Determine where nerves are located.
  • Diagnose tumors and disease in the early stages.
  • Measure the density of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
  • Pinpoint the most effective placement for implants, including the angle of best fit.
  • Plan the complete surgical procedure in advance, from start to finish.
  • Precisely place implant exact orientation and position with surgical guide.
  • View impacted teeth.
How are CT scans performed?

CT scans are quick and simple to perform.  A Cone Beam Imaging System is at the heart of the CT scanner.  During the scan, the patient stands stationary.  The cone beams are used to take literally hundreds of pictures of the face.  These pictures are used to compile an exact 3D image of the inner mechanisms of the face and jaw.  We are able to zoom in on specific areas and view them from alternate angles.

If you have questions or concerns about i-CAT® scans or 3D imaging, please contact our office.

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