CT scans represent the latest and greatest in diagnostic and treatment planning technology available in dentistry today. We are one of a very small percentage of dental offices in the metropolitan Detroit area that have this advanced technology!
CT scans enable a 3-dimensional view of the teeth and jaw bones. One of the main advantages of using this technology in our office is in treatment-planning dental implant surgeries. When placing a dental implant, it is imperative to plan the precise placement of that implant in a safe and effective manner. Being able to identify nearby important anatomical structures, such as nerves, blood vessels, sinus cavities, etc. allows Dr. Manduzzi to surgically place the implant into the jawbone while avoiding these areas.
CT Scans vs X-Rays
CT scans offer zero distortion compared to traditional 2-dimensional x-rays so that measurements can be taken with extreme precision. This can be accomplished in both height and width, which is not been possible with a 2-dimensional x-ray. This allows Dr. Manduzzi to know not only the height of the bone, but also how wide it is, which allows him to select the appropriate size implant for that particular site.
CT scans can also allow us to see pathology that sometimes would not appear on traditional 2-dimensional x-rays. There are times when a patient may be complaining of tooth pain and a traditional 2D x-ray won’t show any sort of problem; however, when it’s scanned with a 3D x-ray, the lesion then becomes visible. This is frequently helpful in diagnosing dental abscesses that can be treated by root canal therapy.