Creating images and digital impressions are part of dental implant procedures and processes. In more recent years, the imaging techniques have drastically improved so dental offices no longer rely upon conventional/traditional dental x-rays for implants.
Rather, the accepted standard is to uses Cone Beam CT x-rays instead. This type of dental x-ray imaging is much more detailed because it provides a full three-dimensional image of the patient’s teeth, jawbone, and other important structures. For instance, it shows the location of sinus passages and nerves, which are vital in mapping, planning, and selecting the right size implants and their placement into the jawbone.
For dentists, 3-D Cone Beam CT imaging is a very cost-effective technology and is easy to use. For patients, this type of x-ray has very low levels of radiation, while ensuring their implant treatment plan is created and implemented correctly.
If your dentist is not using this x-ray technology for implants, then the procedure has very high risks. Conventional x-rays are two-dimensional and do not show all the details needed to correctly determine the proper placement and depth of implants. There are also increased risks of injury to nerves, penetrating into the sinus cavities, and other potential injuries if your dentist is not using Cone Beam CT x-rays.
Some Benefits of Using Cone Beam CT X-Rays
There are many benefits both dentists and patients gain by using Cone Beam CT x-ray imaging, as follows:
- X-rays can be overlaid with digital impressions to determine the correct orientation. A complete virtual model of the patient’s soft tissue, teeth, and gums can be created to show precision bite patterns and proper implant positioning.
- Imaging shows bone density levels. In order to get implants installed, you must have sufficient bone density or use bone grafting techniques to ensure the implants are supported correctly.
- The x-rays help the dentist select the correct size implant. Using the right size implant is important so the artificial teeth look natural and are secured correctly into the jawbone.
- Cone Beam CT images help identify sinus cavities. The imaging process shows the position of sinuses within the upper jawbone region. This will help your dentist avoid penetrating into the sinuses and choose implants of the proper length.
- The Cone Beam CT x-rays help dentists map out the location of nerve endings. Understanding where the nerves are located is important to prevent and reduce the risks of nerve damage while having the implants surgically installed.
As you can see Cone Beam CT imaging is an essential part of implant procedures today. Any dentist, who is still using conventional x-rays for implants, are creating unnecessary risks for their patients.
To learn more about the dental implant process and options offered here at Oasis Family Dental, please contact us at (807) 623-2662 to book a consultation appointment today!