A dental CT -a short way of defining Computerized Axial Tomography- is a device that uses X-rays to obtain three-dimensional images of the teeth and maxillary bones -upper and lower- of the patient.
Since some people may confuse CT with a traditional panoramic X-ray, at this point it should be remembered that CT imaging performs three-dimensional images, whereas conventional X-ray does not.
When Is The Dental Ct Performed?
As we have advanced previously, it is used fundamentally in Implantology, although it can have more uses:
It allows studying the bone structure to determine the exact position in which the implant is going to be placed in the bone. It also allows you to see the status of the tooth root.
CT can also be used to check the patient’s bone dimension and determine if he has enough bone.
It is a vital step to carry out the intervention or if it is necessary to also plan some bone regeneration technique, such as the maxillary sinus lift.
Wisdom Teeth Included:
The CT scan is used to verify its relationship with the lower dental nerve and to calculate the best possible approach for the extraction of wisdom teeth.
The appliance is used when orthodontic treatment is to be performed, either with braces or invisible orthodontics with Invisalign aligners, and there is a canine included.
In this way, it is planned that said tooth comes down to the correct position.
As in the case of Sofía, one of our patients had two included canines, one in the upper arch and the other in the lower arch.
To plan your lingual orthodontics with Incognito brackets -a treatment 100% invisible to the human eye-, we perform a dental CT scan.
CT For Implant Placement
CT scans give you images captured by X-rays, which detect the density of all hard tissues, through sensors created to perform 3D evaluations.
Computed tomography, also known as CT, is designed to diagnose small spaces with high resolution, which allows the bones around dental implants to be viewed with great precision. Additionally, the use of CT scans in dental areas has spread thanks to its properties for making micro tomographies.
The CT scan is used both to carry out the previous diagnoses to know the position of the teeth, before the nerve or endodontic treatments, as well as for the evaluation before the implant placement.
Advantages Of CT For Implant Placement
- To delve a little deeper into the benefits that the use of TAC brings, below, we will comment on the most outstanding advantages of this tool:
- The CT scan provides specialists with precise results that allow them to improve the protocols that will be used in surgery when placing dental implants.
- Carrying out a CT before surgery allows doctors to know the patient’s condition and ensure the success of the intervention.
- It favors the precision of the diagnosis made by the specialist, thanks to its ability to provide results in three dimensions, which allow very small areas to be visualized in detail.
- The use of CT facilitates the exact diagnosis of the amount of bone that the patient has to place the implant.
- It reduces the surprise factor because through the CT the doctor has a previous version of all the hard areas.
- The CT scan is a highly useful computerized tool, not only for implant placement but also for treating the dental nerve.
- The results of the CT scan allow specialists to know first-hand the root canals before intervening directly on the patient.
- These are just some of the many benefits that CT offers to specialists, as a method of diagnosis and/or evaluation before carrying out any dental treatment, such as the placement of dental implants, nerve treatments, and even endodontics.