The evolution of 3D CT scanning has transformed the way dentists are able to provide expanded services to their patients – especially when it comes to dental implants. In the past, many patients were told that they couldn’t even be considered a candidate for dental implants due to the limited amount of bone health in or around their mouth. Or, they required additional bone grafting and recovery times before the implant could be attempted. With CT scanning available in dental offices, not only do more patients qualify for the service – the treatment has an even shorter recovery time than before.
Newer digital X-ray and imaging equipment allows dentists to capture 3D images of their patients’ anatomy and bone density. 3D CT scans can be taken in just seconds, and provide your dentist with a detailed perspective unlike anything visible with 2-dimensional X-rays.
Why does this make such a big difference? Because:
• 3D imaging allows dentists to pinpoint the exact areas of high quality bone density
• Implants can be placed in a pre-guided position, limiting recovery time
• Already successful treatment has an even better success rate
Being able to visualize the exact areas of bone and bone quantity allows some patients to get implant therapy even if previous dentists told them it wasn’t an option. Rather than simply playing it safe with limited 2-dimensional X-rays, a dentist with a 3D CT scanner can make a well-equipped recommendation as to where implants can be placed so that it benefits the patient’s current oral health.
Have you been told that implants weren’t an option? Then it’s time to have your 3D scan today and get a second opinion!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Marianna Weiner, Envy Smile Dental Spa
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