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CT Scan Technology CT Scan Technology

Author(s):

Scott D. Ganz, DMD

Date Added:

1/1/2001


Summary:

Implant dentistry, one of the most predictable treatment alternatives offered to patients who are missing teeth can be enhanced by thorough pre-surgical diagnosis and treatment planning efforts by all members of the implant team. Conventional radiologic techniques including periapical and panoramic radiographs are limited by the two dimensional interpretation of existing hard and soft tissue. The inherent distortion factor can misrepresent bone topography in critical areas associated with vital anatomy or potential implant sites. Advances in diagnostic radiological techniques improved with the introduction of CT scan technology for dental applications. The enhanced diagnostic range of this evolving technology empowers the clinician with necessary tools to avoid potential complications associated with implant dentistry.

The purpose of this paper was to identify valuable aspects of interactive CT through documentation and identification of several important issues; (1) revealing difficult to detect pathology, (2) correct assessment of bone trajectory to avoid iatrogenic damage, (3) use of CT scan / surgical templates to relate tooth-to-bone relationship, (4) choosing appropriate implant shape to fit residual bone, and (5) appreciation of sinus anatomy post augmentation procedures. It was concluded that interactive CT scan software applications provide state-of-the-art diagnostic tools which create the confidence to benefit both patient and clinician in the quest for achieving predictable results.



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