For dental implant surgery, oral surgeons use advanced imaging technology to provide an accurate and complete look at the mouth. Tooth restoration specialists require imaging tests, as the results help determine the most effective approach to restoring a patient’s smile and oral health.
Standard X-rays offer a useful first look at the dental structures and jawbone anatomy. However, X-rays alone are not enough to plan the surgical placement of dental implants — for that, a computerized tomography scan is needed.
Also known as a CAT scan or CT scan, this advanced imaging test is simple, painless and highly effective for giving you the best outcome for your dental implant procedure.
Creating a 3D Image of the Oral Cavity and Jaw Structure
Computerized tomography is basically a more powerful X-ray that creates 360-degree, three-dimensional images of the internal oral cavity and jaw structure.
For a CT scan, you lie down on a narrow, motorized table with your head held still in a special cradle. The table will move you into the large, doughnut-shaped machine, and the scanner and X-ray tube will rotate around your head. Really, that’s all there is to this advanced imaging test for dental implant placement.
Using Cutting-Edge Software to Plan Dental Implant Surgery
The CT scan results are fed into a virtual reality software program, which uses the images to help plan the placement of dental implants.
This state-of-the-art technology allows tooth restoration specialists to better plan the implant surgery in advance. The software also enables easy collaboration with physicians, orthodontists and dentists, if necessary.
The virtual reality program also gives patients a better idea of what to expect from surgery — the software can demonstrate how the procedure will progress and give them a sneak peak of how their smile will look with dental implants.
Benefits of Advanced Imaging for Dental Implants
Dental implants placed using advanced imaging and virtual software are more accurate and stable. Tooth restoration specialists can study anatomical details and pinpoint areas of interest in high resolution, allowing for great precision in planning implant surgery.
The results of a CT scan help determine the step-by-step approach for dental implant placement, guiding the surgery to reduce the risk of manual errors. In addition, the imaging technology allows for custom-engineered replacement teeth that are a perfect match for the patient’s smile.
Are you considering dental implants? The tooth restoration specialists at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah understand how to effectively use advanced imaging technology to improve your oral health and restore your beautiful smile.
Our oral surgeons have extensive expertise with dental implants as well as a full range of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office and schedule a consultation to discuss tooth restoration and dental implant surgery today.