3D Dental Scanning
The role of 3D imaging in the planning of dental implant treatment.
Three dimensional x-rays are revolutionizing our approach to various things in dentistry. Diagnosing pain of unknown origin is greatly enhanced by being able to see the anatomic structures in three dimensions. Also, in dental implant treatment planning, this ability to see the teeth and the supporting bone in three dimensions is invaluable. These three dimensional images help us with the following:
- To see if there is any hidden pathology (bone sickness e.g. a cyst or abscess) in the bone where the implant is to be placed or pathology associated with the neighbouring teeth.
- To evaluate the dimensions of the area where the implant is to be placed. Exact measurements to determine implant length are vital, especially with regards to the important nerve in the lower jaw which supplies feeling to your lower lip. These accurate measurements also pertain to the nasal cavity and sinus in the upper jaw.
- Evaluation of the bone dimensions of the area where the implant is to be placed is essential to determine whether or not any bone build up is required and to what extent. This is also required to put together a more accurate cost estimate for the patient.
The world of 3D Dental Scanning is an exciting one and has made the whole process of dental implant treatment a more predictable and safe discipline.
The costs of having a 3D Dental Scan are affordable and does suit the pocket of most patients. Anyone having dental implant treatment will be able to afford a scan.