Dental 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.