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What Are CT Scans and How Do They Differ From X-Rays?

If you’re considering dental implants in Richmond or anywhere else in the UK then you’ve probably done a fair bit of research and found mention to the fact that CT scans are regularly used during the process. Many people have limited knowledge of CT Scans and worry that they could be harmful or that the process may hurt, so we thought it would be a good idea to divulge a little more information about this type of scan.

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What are dental CT Scans?

A dental computed tomography (CT) scan is a method of imaging which uses an advanced computer programme to analyse cross-sections of the head and jaw. It gives both 2D and 3D imagery which enables the dentist to select the location for your dental implant/s with pin point precision before any actual surgery even takes place.

How a CT Scan differs from a conventional X-ray

Conventional X-rays only show an image in 2 dimension, which in the case of a dental X-ray means it shows the position of your teeth and the height of your bone. They are often distorted and not sufficiently accurate to show the thickness of the bone nor can they accurately show the placement of nerves and other important structures. Dental CT scans on the other hand, are free from distortion and provide 3D and cross-sectional images of your jaw, as well as the structure and depth of your bone. These true to life images allow the dentist to accurately measure the amount of bone that is available for the placement of implants.

Why is a specialised X-ray needed?

Quite simply it eliminates any guesswork and helps your dentist to ascertain the best possible solution for your dental problem and helps him be better prepared for any surgery. The means he’ll know the exact location of nerves to avoid, the precise contours of your jaw, and the best possible site for your implants, leaving nothing to chance. This means less operating time and the best possible outcome for you.

How does the scan take place?

A modern scan only takes around 12 seconds and is either done sitting down or standing up. You are not placed in a tight enclosure and it’s not at all scary. You’ll need to stay still for around 20 seconds and the only part of your body beneath the scanner will be your head. The radiographer will explain everything in detail so you can relax. Following the scan, the images will be saved and processed to show 3D images of your head and mouth. Our dental CT Scan produces a much lower level of radiation than most hospital scanners and actually corresponds to about a month’s worth of natural background radiation that as a nation we all receive.

The scan takes places at our clinic so there’s no need to arrange transport elsewhere. If you’re seeking a dental implant in Richmond, then here at Sheen Dental we see the process through from start to finish, so we’re with you every step of the way. This leads to a more convenient treatment process for our patients which can be fitted in around their busy time-tables.

If you’d like to know more about dental implant procedures then why not book a free no obligation consultation with us by calling on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk for more information on all our treatments. We look forward to welcoming you to Sheen Dental.