At City Dental Leeds, it’s really important to us to provide our clients with the latest treatments and modern technology, which can improve the standard of care and range of services we provide. We are very proud to have a CT scanner on-site and we strongly believe that investing in technology enables us to perfect your treatment.
About CT scans
CT scans are used widely in medicine and they also play an important role in dentistry. CT scans are often preferred to traditional X-rays because they produce much more detailed images. With X-rays, you can only see the location of the teeth and get an idea of the thickness of the bone. With a CT scan, you can see 3D images, cross-sectional images and determine the density of the bone.
Our main use for CT scans is planning dental implant treatment. We carry out scans to ascertain if a patient is a good candidate for implants, and we also use the images to plan treatment with optimum precision. For implant treatment to be successful, it’s very important that the bone in the jaw is strong and dense enough to support the implant. If this isn’t the case, conventional implants may not be the best solution.
If a patient is a good match for implant treatment, CT scans enable us to locate the best possible position for the implant, and the images can guide our dentists to maximise the chances of a successful outcome.
What happens when you have a CT scan?
CT scans aren’t painful, and there’s nothing to worry about. The scan won’t last long and in most cases, it will all be over within 15 minutes. Before your scan, your dentist will explain exactly what is going to happen, and you’ll be asked to remove jewellery and glasses. You’ll then be guided into position and asked to stay as still as possible while the scanner captures the images.
If you’d like to find out more about CT scans and how they work, don’t hesitate to give us a call today.