Dental CT Scanning and Benefits for Implant Cases

The use of imaging technology is essential in a dental implant treatment. The images obtained through CT scanning will be used in determining the suitability of a patient for a dental implant procedure. Dental CT scans are also very beneficial in the formulation of an appropriate treatment plan, so that the entire procedure can be carried out successfully, with increased safety – and with high precision end results that both the dentists and the patients are aiming for.

A 3D CT (computerised tomography) scan of the teeth and the whole oral cavity provides a three-dimensional image that enables dentists/dental implantologists to see the density of the jaw bone, which in turn will help in the accurate planning of where the implants will go (and even what type of implant will be used). X-rays, which were used during earlier years, provided only two-dimensional images that come with numerous limitations when it came to the precision of diagnostics that are essential in dental implant treatments.

Benefits of CT Scanning for Implant Treatment
CT scanning provides accurate imaging information that helps in the formulation of a dental implant treatment plan, compared to X-rays that showed limited information when it comes to the quality of the images obtained. The quality of a patientÂ’s jaw bone can be seen clearly with the three-dimensional images, and can help in determining the eligibility for an implant procedure. The need for additional procedures, such as bone grafting or sinus grafts, can also be determined with the help of the clear images.

The clear images provided by CT scanning can make the entire implant treatment much safer for the patient, minimising the risks associated with complicated dental procedures. A higher success rate can also be expected with the help of images obtained through CT scanning, since the exact location of the implant is known before the procedure itself; the type of dental implant to be used is also determined beforehand with the help of the highly-accurate images.

The clear, precise images obtained with a CT scan allow a dental implant to be placed in a single dental visit (for patients who are eligible for same day dental implants). The exact location where an implant needs to be placed can easily be determined with the help of the three-dimensional images, enabling a dentist to make a highly-accurate placement in a shorter period of time.

CT scans are also very helpful in cases when bone grafts are needed before the actual implant treatment. As the three-dimensional images show the quality and thickness of the jaw bone, it will be easier to determine the volume or amount of bone needed for the bone grafting procedure.