Posted on 11/30/2018 by Dr. Simon K Choyee
|When most people go in for implants, they expect to have X-rays or other scans taken of their mouth. Traditionally, these scans were used to determine where to place the titanium posts for dental implants.
Today, though, we have new technology that can help improve finding the correct locations for posts: the CBCT, or Cone Beam CT Scan.
A 3D Verses 2D Image
The biggest difference between traditional images and a cone beam CT is that the CBCT is a 3D scan. That means it includes depth to it. We can actually create a fully 3D model of your mouth, zoom in on certain areas, rotate the image as needed, and gather very precise data. We know exactly where the posts for your dental implants need to go, so there's nothing unexpected during the procedure.
With these precise measurements and dimensions, we're able to prepare for abnormalities, avoid nerves and blood vessels, and make the entire procedure more effective and efficient. By removing as much guesswork as possible, your dental implant surgery is much more likely to be successful.
Are There any Risks?
There are absolutely no risks to a CBCT. In fact, this type of scan actually exposes you by about 70% less radiation than other types of scans or X-rays. All you have to do is sit down and let us arrange the cone beam scanner. We'll ask you to sit very still as we take the scan, but that's all you have to do. There's no pain or invasive procedure.
While traditional 2D images have been used to place dental implants for years, this new technology allows us to fine-tune the process and make it better. If you're considering dental implants, please call and talk to us about the procedure and how we're using cutting-edge technology to improve it.
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