When regular x-rays are not enough, cone beam computed tomography (CT) is often used. With cone beam imaging, your oral surgeon can get a 3-D image, which is very helpful in placing dental implants.
Cone Beam CT compared to a Regular X-ray
A regular dental, or facial x-ray provides a two-dimensional image for the oral surgeon to use, when determining placement of dental implants. With the three-dimensional imaging from the cone beam CT, the surgeon gets a much more realistic, and detailed view to work with, while making a decision with you about dental implants. This three-dimensional imaging also aids in making the placement of the implants more accurate. It can be easy to wonder why cone beams aren't always used for all dental care, since they provide a clearer picture. The reason is, cone beam CT is a higher dose of radiation. Our office takes every precaution to make sure you are safe during any x-ray or cone beam CT. It just isn't necessary to use such a high dose on a regular basis. But in the case of placing dental implants correctly, safely, and accurately, the cone beams are very useful, and when used properly, very safe.
Do I Need Dental Implants?
Our professional staff is here to help answer that question. If you have one or more missing adult teeth, or health issues that are leading to loss of teeth, dental implants may be considered. With modern technology, such as the cone beam CT, placing dental implants is a safe and effective way to get your mouth back to a healthy state. As with an oral health concern, we are here for you. Please call our office to schedule an appointment, and get all of your questions about dental implants, and cone beams answered.
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About Us Dr. Michael Allard has been delivering outstanding care in oral and maxillofacial surgery here in Arizona since 2000. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Glendale, AZ, Dr. Allard manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions.