Benefits of Dental CT Scans for Dental Implant Placement

Diagnostic tests are important aspects of a dental implant treatment, because they pave the way for a more precise treatment plan formulation. Without the help of diagnostic images, such as the three dimensional views provided by dental CT scans, it will be difficult for dental surgeons and dentists to even determine the suitability of a patient for an implant treatment. The accurate placement of implants may not be possible without the aid of accurate images of the patient’s jawbone anatomy.

Dental CT scans provide clear three dimensional views of the jawbone and supporting structures, greatly aiding in the formulation of an accurate implants treatment. The clear images provide important information about the patient’s anatomy, which will be used to properly plan how the implant treatment will proceed successfully. Traditional X-rays only show a two dimensional aspect of the jawbone, and the images can be distorted so the information may not be treated as completely accurate.

What are the Benefits of Dental CT Scans for an Implant Treatment?
Improved Accuracy – The dental implant treatment can be completed with increased accuracy with the help of clear three dimensional images. Planning for the placement of the implants will be easier and quicker to do because of the detailed information seen from the dental CT scan images, with the implants placed where they are precisely needed.

Increased Safety – Dental CT scan images show a cross-sectional view of the jawbone, including the nerves on the lower jaw. Determining the location of these nerves prior to the placement of implants helps in avoiding nerve damage when the implants are attached to the jawbone.

Patient Comfort – Getting images using a dental CT scan or CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) scan will not cause any discomfort for the patient. The scan will be completed without the need for an injection with a contrast dye.

Patient Education/Visualisation – Dental CT scans can help patients in visualising their implant treatment. The images obtained by the scan, with the help of 3D software, can provide an informative illustration so patients will understand in a clearer manner what their dental implant procedure will involve.

Fast Results – The scanning takes a short period of time (usually lasting for about 15 minutes) while the patient stays still, with a single scan producing a number of images that can be used for the accurate planning of a dental implant treatment.

Reduced Radiation – Patients who use dental CT scans are exposed to a significantly reduced amount of radiation, compared to traditional X-rays.