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3D Dental CT scans

What are 3D dental CT scans?

3D dental CT scans provide precise three-dimensional images of the teeth, the jawbones and the whole oral cavity. They offer more accurate information than X-rays, and are beneficial in the precise placement of implants in specific points on the jawbone – although they are used in other ways too. 3D dental CT scans provide the most benefits in the following situations:

  • when the implants need to be placed in delicate areas of the jawbone that are considered to be risky.
  • when patients need to undergo same-day/immediate treatment involving the placement of multiple implants.
  • where a number of implants need to be attached, or a full arch of implants.
  • when patients need advanced supporting treatments such as bone grafting, sinus lift (or sinus grafting), and nerve-repositioning.

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Improve Your Smile is one of the few practices in the UK to have this CT scanner, which is specially designed for oral and maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists and implantologists. The advanced technology allows principal practitioner and advanced procedures specialist Dr Amjad Malik to determine whether a patient’s mouth is suitable for implant surgery. A CT Scan identifies the exact location of anatomical structures, the precise contours of the jawbone and the best sites for your implants before surgery. By providing detailed images, 3D CT Scans enable Dr Malik to select the best place for your implants and plan the details of your surgery with pinpoint accuracy.

More about 3D dental CT scans

dental ct scannerDental X-rays can become distorted and cannot depict the thickness of your jawbone. They are two-dimensional and only show the location of your teeth and the height of the bone. An image obtained with a 3D CT scan, however, is free from distortion.

A 3D CT scan illustrates the actual make-up of the bone and provides three-dimensional and cross-sectional views of your jaws, allowing accurate assessment of how much bone is available to take implants.

Before the images are taken, a patient must remove any metal items from the head and neck area; this is because the metal parts may cause the images taken to be distorted. The patient then rests his or her face on the CT scanner chin rest while the head is comfortably cushioned. It is very important to be as still as possible while the scan is being done, to ensure images are precise and clear.

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