At City Dental Leeds, we aim to provide our clients with the best standards of care, and one way we do this is by investing in technology. We are proud to offer the latest innovations, such as dental implants, and cutting-edge technology, such as CT scanners, enable us to achieve pinpoint accuracy.
What happens when you have a CT scan?
CT scans enable us to see incredibly detailed images of your jaw, which is very useful when carrying out implant treatment. The actual scan doesn’t hurt in any way, and all you have to do is relax, and try and stay as still as possible. Before your scan, your dentist will tell you exactly what to expect, and you’ll be asked to remove glasses and jewellery. Usually, scans are complete within 15 minutes.
Why would I need a CT scan?
CT scans are often used to diagnose medical conditions, but in dentistry, we use them predominantly to plan treatment. With CT scan images, we can pinpoint the optimum site for an implant, increasing the chances of successful treatment. CT scans produce much more accurate pictures than X-rays. As well as locating the best site for the implant, the CT images can also act as a guide for dentists.
Initially, we may recommend a CT scan for patients who are thinking about having implant treatment. The findings of the scan will enable us to determine whether or not the patient is a good candidate for treatment. Implants integrate into the jawbone tissue, so it’s important there is sufficient density and strength in the bone to support the new implant. If your bone density is low, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t have dental implants. There may be other options, such as bone grafting or mini implants, and our dental team will be happy to discuss alternative treatments with you.