CT Scans And Dental X-Rays before Dental Implants in Kent

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If you visit Dr Rik Trivedi to find out about dental implants in Kent, and decide you'd like to take things a step further, then it's likely he will want to take dental x-rays of your mouth. The reason for this is so that he can see your mouth in greater detail, including the location of existing teeth. Dr Trivedi will also want to take a diagnostic dental CT scan.

Why Is a CT Scan Necessary?

A CT scan is an extremely useful tool when planning dental implants, as it shows certain structures in far greater detail than a simple dental x-ray. CT scans are used to check the quantity and quality of your bone, and this is something that is very important when considering having a dental implant.

Most dental implants need to be surrounded by several millimetres of healthy and strong bone in order to be successful. If you don't have sufficient bone then you might need to think about having a bone graft before implant surgery. This can be used to increase the height and the width of the bone in certain areas of the mouth.

Your CT scan will enable your dentist to determine the exact placement of your implant, and this helps ensure that surgery is minimally invasive. Sophisticated software will allow your dentist in Kent to virtually place the dental implant prior to surgery, and this can be invaluable in helping your dentist visualise the finished case before it is even begun.

Your scan will also show the location of your nerves and sinuses, and this will allow Dr Rik Trivedi to avoid placing the implant too close to these vital structures.

Parrock Street Patients Benefit from an On-Site CT Scanner

Most dental surgeries don't have a CT scanner, and patients are often referred to another practice so the scan can be carried out. Parrock Street patients benefit from having these facilities on-site, so treatment planning and surgery are much more straightforward. It is much easier to only have to attend one surgery that you are already familiar with, than to have to find another practice in an unfamiliar location.

If you would like to find out more about the process for having a dental implant, then why not phone us to book an appointment on 01474 537191? Our Kent dentists will be able to answer all your questions so you can decide if you would like to take things further. You’ll also find lots of information on dental implants on our website at www.parrockdental.co.uk.

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About the author Dr Rik Trivedi

Dr Rik Trivedi is the Principal dentist at Parrock Dental & Implant Centres. He has a keen interest in Cosmetic Smile Dentistry and braces, Dental implants, Facial Aesthetics, Prevention and is very experienced in the design and placement of Cerec Same Day Crown technology.