Dental CBCT (cone beam computerised tomography) scans and implant treatment

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Dental implants are an innovative solution for tooth loss; they are designed to replace the missing tooth root and provider anchorage for a new crown, denture or dental bridge. Implants, like natural tooth roots, sit in sockets in the jaw bone; once they are fully integrated into the bone tissue, they provide the same level of stability as a strong and healthy natural root. Implants are made from titanium and this is a biocompatible material, which enables the post to fuse into the bone tissue. Implants offer a versatile solution, as they can be matched with a bridge, a single crown or a denture; this means that they offer a viable treatment option for patients with a single lost tooth or multiple gaps in their smile.

Planning is incredibly important for implant treatment and dentists must determine if patients are suitable candidates before treatment begins; it is essential that the jaw bone is strong and dense enough to support the implant. One of the most important tests that can be used to assess the condition of the bone is a CT scan; scanning enables dentists to check the viability of treatment and determine whether grafting is required. Bone grafting involves using artificial, animal or donor bone tissue from another part of the body to add strength and density to the jaw bone.

The CT images can also be very useful in the placement of the implants; the scans show the best locations for the implant and act as a guide for dentists when it comes to the procedure to fit the implant. It’s really important to get the precise location right, as this increases the risk of successful implant treatment.

CT scans can also be beneficial for the patient, as the dentist is able to talk them through the images and show them how the implant treatment process will work and where the implants will be sited. This enables patients to gain a better understanding of what treatment involves and what they can expect once the process is underway.

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