The Wonder Of CT Scans & Digital Dentistry

3D dental imaging is one of the biggest advancements in modern dentistry, accelerating and simplifying treatment planning.

 Some of the common uses of the procedure

  • Surgical planning for impacted teeth.
  • Accurate placement of dental implants.
  • Diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder.
  • Evaluation of the jaw, nerve canals, sinuses and nasal cavity.
  • Reconstructive surgery.
  • Detecting and treating jaw tumours.

Dental cone beam CT scanning has grown rapidly as it has introduced 3D images which are invaluable for dentists who are performing reconstructive surgeries and dental implant procedures.

Improved image quality and accuracy

CT scans allow dentists to examine areas that are tiny and challenging to fully analyse with the human eye, such as a single tooth’s root. The 3D capabilities mean that your dentist here at Corner House Dental can look at what is going on in your mouth from any angle, allowing for better diagnosis and treatment planning.

Lower dose of radiation

CBCT scans (cone beam) use a lower dose of radiation than in the case of a regular CT scan. No radiation remains in your body after the scan.

Painless and quick  

A full mouth scan takes a maximum of 40 seconds to complete – for a specific area it’s less than 10 seconds and a single scan such as this can produce hundreds of images, giving a comprehensive view of your mouth and teeth. Scans are noninvasive and painless.

Further benefits of CBCT scans

  • CBCT make it easier for your dentist to measure and localise available jawbone, rendering it possible to carry out virtual placement with precision and accuracy.
  • Dentists can use CBCT in conjunction with an optical scan in order to create a virtual model of the soft tissues in your mouth as well as your bones and teeth. This enables us to design a custom implant that will give you a restored bite and an implant that fits your bite.
  • CBCT scans will map out where sensory nerves are located, allowing your dentist to select the correct length for the implant, eliminating any risk of nerve damage.
  • The correct size of the implant can be ascertained by using CBCT scans, allowing for optimal integration and stability and ensuring the implant will be a lifelong restoration. You will need to care for the implant by brushing, flossing and regularly visiting the dentist for routine check-ups.

 If you would like more information about the facilities we have here at Corner House Dental or our Norwich dental treatments, please do not hesitate to contact us.