As dentistry continues to advance, more reliable and sophisticated technologies have continued to emerge. One of such advancements is the use of a CT (computer tomography) scan in oral surgery. This is a non-invasive medical examination that involves the use of special x-ray apparatus to capture multiple images of the body part being examined. These images are then joined together in cross-sectional views of the part being analyzed.
Previously, the panoramic x-ray equipment only provided a limited 2-dimensional view of the body part being examined. Although this machine showed the height and outline of the jawbone, it didn’t show its width and thickness. It also distorted the location of the alveolar nerve. But with the latest 3-D oral CT scan equipment, oral surgeons have been able to perform complex oral surgeries with great accuracy and effectiveness. With this technology, there is no more guesswork. It has proved to be a faster and safer way of diagnosing oral problems.
With its life-like views of the affected areas, CT scans give oral surgeons the needed confidence to proceed with the surgery because they are absolutely sure about the type of bone they are dealing with, the distance and location of the alveolar nerve,
and the angles to place the dental implants. Additionally, this technology offers standard projections that are necessary for imaging dental implants. These projections include intra-oral, which comprises of occlusal and periapical, and extra-oral (panoramic) radiographs. CT scan also offers dosimetry and magnetic timbre imaging. If you have a tumor, your oral surgeon requires detailed information about the affected area, including the tumor’s size and location and the extent of the damage. This information will help them find the best approach to deal with the dental problem.
CT scans are also used to diagnose other serious oral problems such as impacted wisdom teeth and obstructed canine teeth. In case of facial trauma, perhaps due to accidents or sports injuries, your doctor will rely on a CT scan to understand the seriousness of the damage and the best way to deal with it. While a CT scan is the most effective diagnostic method for oral problems, professional oral surgeons must explain why they recommend it in place of other types of x-rays. In conclusion, the latest CT scan technology reduces surgery time and reduces post-operative complications like swelling and pain. It has streamlined oral surgery, giving the surgeon a clear view of what they are dealing with.