CT Scan and Dental Implant : High Standard of Care or Basic Requirement?

In my practice, this “High Standard of Care” is a “Basic Requirement”.

Dental Implants have become the preferred standard of care when it comes to replacing missing teeth in the mouth.  The advancement of technology has enabled dentists to accurately analyze the structure of the jaw and pre-plan for the implant work.

By using specialized software with images from a CT Scan of your dentition, I can analyze some important requirements which cannot be determined accurately with simple xrays alone:

1.  Bone density

2.  Bone thickness

3.  Bone height

4.  Proximity to nerve canals and the Sinus

5.  Proximity to/ angulation of adjacent tooth root

With the above analysis, I can choose the right implant size before going into the surgery.  The advanced treatment planning and analysis help prevent unexpected complications such as damage to vital nerves or impingement on the Sinus.

Here are some images of an analysis of a CT Scan for Dental Implants treatment:

Figure A : Analyzing the location of major nerves in the lower jaw

Figure B: A view of the lower jaw from the top

Figure C: Analyzing the bone width and height where the implant needs to be

Figure D: A 3-Dimensional simulation of the implant teeth and the space where they need to be

One should never compromise a life-long restoration by choosing an implant treatment that has not been carefully planned out.  This is particularly crucial in the esthetic zone such as your front teeth where lack of planning can produce an unfavorable esthetic result.

Thank you for viewing my post, and please let me know if you have any question.


Alex Nguyen, DDS is a Saratoga Dentist who practices General Dentistry, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry. For over 20 years the practice has been serving the residents of Santa Clara County and San Francisco Bay Area.

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