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Dental CT Scan: Pinpoint Accuracy for Dental Implants

Monday, January 16th, 2017

shutterstock_370250474At 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.

Using CT Scanning Equipment to Treat Dental Patients

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

585811_blogWe pride ourselves on offering our patients treatment that uses the very latest technology here at City Dental Leeds, and we are thrilled to own an advanced CT scanner at the practice. This scanner provides effective and accurate care for patients in and beyond the city of Leeds.

What are CT scans?

CT (computerised tomography) scans are commonly used in medical practice and are increasingly gaining recognition in modern dentistry. The scanners create highly detailed images of the inside of the human body and are instrumental in the diagnosis, management and treatment of a number of health conditions.

Our CT scanner is used primarily for dental implant treatment. The images produced by the scanner allow us to accurately find the best implant placement sites and guide us during the implant fitting procedure.

Sometimes, we also use the scanner at the consultation stage to assess patient suitability for treatment. Using a CT scanner we can judge the strength and thickness of bone tissue and determine whether it can support an implant.

Additionally, we can use images from a CT scan to show patients how treatment works and what it entails. Being able to see detailed images allows us to give you a higher level of understanding about what goes on during the implant process.

Preparation for a CT scan

If you’re having a CT scan, we will explain what’s going to happen and answer all of your questions. The scan will not cause any discomfort, all you have to do is lie as still as you can for about 15 minutes. Before the scan commences, you will be asked to remove any jewellery, scarves and glasses. The images will be ready after the scan so that we can assess them and talk to you about the treatment process.

We Offer CT Scan Technology For Our Patients In Leeds

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

805589_blogAt City Dental Leeds, we pride ourselves in offering the best treatments and use advanced technology to enable to allow our patients to enjoy accurate, speedy and effective treatment. We are delighted to have a CT scanner on-site, which is an incredibly useful aide for dental implant treatment. We use the scanner for our own patients and we also take CT referrals from other practices in the local area.

What is a CT scanner?

A CT scanner is a form of diagnostic equipment, which looks similar to a large doughnut; you lie inside the centre hole and cameras rotate; these cameras capture incredibly detailed images of the interior of the body and provide us with much more information than a traditional X-ray. We can adjust the position of the scanner to focus on various body parts. The scanning process is not painful in any way and all you have to do is lie as still as possible for a few minutes. Afterwards, we are able to see the images on computer screens.

How is a CT scanner used in dentistry?

CT scanners can be used for diagnosing oral health issues, but we use our scanner primarily for dental implant treatment. The accuracy and detail of the images enables us to pinpoint the best location for the new implant and we can plan treatment using the images. We can also guide our patients through the process, using visual aids to enable them to gain a better understanding of what is going to happen and how the treatment works. Scans also enable us to check the density of the bone tissue in the jaw to ensure that patients are suitable candidates and there is sufficient tissue to support an implant.

Preparing for a CT scan

There are no specific requirements for a CT scan and we simply ask you to remove glasses and any jewellery and then to lie back and relax. Scanning only takes around 10-15 minutes and you won’t feel anything at all. If you have any questions or concerns, our dental team will be happy to help, so don’t hesitate to ask.

 

What Are CT Scans In The Heart Of Leeds?

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

386703_blogDental CT scans are used before an operation to plan the details of your surgery and select the prime location for implants to be positioned. They differ from the usual two-dimensional X-Rays because of how undistorted the images are that they produce. Each image provides three-dimensional, cross-sectional views of your jaw, which effectively illustrate how dense the bone is.

Which clients will benefit from a CT scan?

CT scans are extremely useful for patients considering implant surgery as they can determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure and can ensure you don’t go through with an unnecessary operation. The scans are extremely useful prior to surgery as they tell us so much more than conventional X-Rays, meaning we can precisely locate the essential anatomical structures and follow the contours of your jaw bone. We can pinpoint the best sites for your implants, which will reduce both your operating time and the number of complications involved.

What happens during the scan?

Prior to your scan, you do not need to prepare in any way apart from removing any jewellery from your head and neck just so that the scan isn’t affected by it. Once the process has begun, all you need to do is remain still for a few minutes to ensure that the images produced by the scan are as clear as possible. You will be given a mouthpiece to separate your jaw and the process will be over in just under 15 minutes. You won’t feel a thing the whole time.

 

X-ray Tech Can Treat Your Teeth To Tip-Top Standards

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

585983_blogIf you have a dental injury or you think you may have broken or damaged a tooth, you may need a dental X-ray. We may also use X-rays in the planning stage of orthodontic and restorative treatment.

We also have a CT scanner on site, which we use to locate the best position for dental implant placement.

Are dental X-rays safe?

X-rays emit a small dose of radiation and having them on a frequent basis may be an issue; however, we only recommend dental X-rays when they are necessary and usually only a couple of X-rays are required. The amount of radiation produced by X-rays is very small and having an X-ray will not cause you any harm.

What is the difference between a CT scanner and an X-ray machine?

CT scanners provide much more detailed images than traditional X-rays, which are only two-dimensional. With a CT scan, we are able to use the accuracy and detail of the images to pinpoint exactly where an implant should be placed to make sure we take advantage of strong bone tissue in the jaw.

We also use CT scans to assess a patient’s suitability for implant treatment; the images allow us to determine the thickness of the jaw bone and ascertain whether there is sufficient tissue to support an implant or not. If there is a lack of bone tissue, a bone grafting procedure may be required.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for a CT scan or an X-ray?

No, all you need to do is come to the clinic and we will explain what is going to happen and take you to have your scan or X-ray. If you have any questions or concerns, just ask!