Implants And a CT Scan

November 1, 2017

Since 1985, dental implants have been used in the United States to replace parts of a tooth’s root, crown or bridge. Essentially, dental implants are prosthetic teeth used to replace teeth that can’t be saved in other ways. The process of placing dental implants in the mouth is complicated and has several risks, like bleeding and nerve injury. If not performed well, the implants may not properly set in the mouth and become infected.

Why Do I Need a Dental CT Scan

If you need dental implants, it’s very important that you find a surgeon who has performed orthodontic surgery for years and knows the dental implant process well. One of the steps to achieving successful dental implants is to undergo a dental CT scan. The dental CT scan provides three-dimensional images of your mouth and jaw, which shows oral surgeons the density and mass of your jawbone and the location of your nerves and sinuses. These are important facts to know for the surgeon to successfully place your dental implants without damaging your teeth or jawbone.

Dentists who use mouth molds or standard X-rays for implants should raise a red flag. Although the 3D scans might cost you some more money if insurance won’t cover them, they are absolutely necessary for the implants. The CT scan determines all possibilities for implanting the prosthetics and can spot all the precise calculations that surgeons need to conduct the surgery. Rather than working on what they think is happening in the mouth, these surgeons can use the 3D dental CT scans to know for sure exactly what’s going on in there. That reduces the risk of encountering any “unknowns” while placing the implants.

Dental CT Scan vs Traditional CT Scan

Undergoing a dental CT scan is much easier than the normal CT scan, when you lie on a table and let the machine take images around you. In those cases, you might have to ingest “contrast material” to allow some parts of the body to show up more clearly in the X-rays. The dental CT scan usually just requires you to stand or sit, and the machine rotates around your head while taking images. There is a slight radiation risk with all X-rays, so if you are pregnant, talk to your surgeon or dentist immediately.

A dental CT scan is just part of the dental implant process that everyone must undergo to receive the dental prosthetics. Understand that the scan is there to help you with your implants.