CT Scan and why they are needed

Having a dental implant is almost de-rigueur today for patients that are missing one or two teeth. This procedure is almost becoming routine for the dental practitioner and is far better for the patient health wise than dentures and plates which have been the norm in Ireland.

The CT Scan procedure hands the dental practitioner an incredible tool which enables them to diagnose the placement of implants and the exact positioning of them in the patient jaw. The CT Scan almost eliminates the possibility of errors compared with the manual placement and it also enables the dentist to match the correct prosthetic implant to the availability of the bone in the patients jaw.

The software used by Dr O’Connor, Impla 3D by Scheutz Dental Germany, enables her in conjunction with the CT Scan to ‘virtually’ place the dental implants using the computer in the pre-treatment planning stage of the dental implant procedure. This means Dr O’Connor doesn’t even have to touch the patient while planning the dental implant placement. When doing the actual procedure on the patient Dr O’Connor knows already the size of the implant and the angle of the implant which minimises any issues during the procedure.

One of Dr O’Connor’s chief concerns when placing implants in the upper jaw is the amount of bone available between the sinus and the gum line. If there is insufficient bone then a procedure known as a ‘sinus lift’ can be done prior to the placing of any implants. The CT Scan gives Dr O’Connor clear visuals of the bone density, suitability and availability especially when near the sinus area of the mouth.

The CT Scan renders a three dimensional image of the patients jaw bones. This imaging can then be used with the CAD/CAM Impla 3D Software from Scheutz Dental Germany so that Dr O’Connor can see clearly everything that she needs to see and know about the patients bone structure.

The key advantages to having a CT Scan which enable the dentist to provide the following:

  • easy visual understanding
  • reduced surgery time for the patient
  • reduced recovery time
  • reduced stress for the patient
  • optimal placement of the dental implant/s
  • improved aesthetic results

It is of the utmost importance that the implants are placed safely and properly in all three dimensions, ideally, to the long axis of the bone. Your jaw contains vital anatomy and the determination prior to the surgery is reviewed and noted with the use of the CT Scan.

The implementation of dental implants is a most important method for the restoration of missing teeth that are functional and aesthetically pleasing to the patient. With the patient having had a CT Scan they are on their way to having predictable dental work done