At Seapoint Clinic, we harness dental CT scans using advanced computer programs which enables us to analyse an X-ray study of the mouth. By doing so, this provides us with an incredibly detailed two-dimensional image as well as allowing your dentist to select the best location for your implants and plan out your streatment with pinpoint accuracy before even beginning the procedure. So just how does it work?

Unlike conventional X-rays, a dental CT scan is distortion free. This means we can actually illustrate the actual make-up of the bone and provides three-dimensional and cross-sectional views of your jaw, as opposed to merely rendering the location of your teeth and height of the bone.

The reason why Dental CT scanning is becoming increasingly important in modern dentistry is how it helps your dentist decide whether or not you are a suitable candidate for implant surgery. By doing so, this avoids any unnecessary treatment. Because the study tells your dentist a lot more than conventional X-rays, it’s essential for preparing for your surgery. By using a Dental CT Scan, your dentist will know the exact location of anatomical structures, the contours of the jawbone and the ideal site for your implants before surgery.

A Dental CT Scan can help your dentist determine whether you are a good candidate for implant surgery. This can save you an unnecessary operation. Because the study tells your dentist a lot more than conventional x-rays, it helps him or her better prepare for your surgery. A Dental CT Scan means your dentist will know the exact location of anatomical structures, the contours of the jaw bone, and the best sites for your implants before surgery. This way, there are virtually no surprises when your dentist performs your surgery. This benefits you as this means there is a shorter operating time and fewer complications. By getting this X-ray, your dentist can provide you with the very best care possible.
The process of undergoing a CT Scan is fairly straightforward. We just ask that you remove and jewellery from your head and neck, this avoids any interference with the study. Once in the examination room, all that you have to do is rest your head on the CT scanner bed, all the while comfortably cushioned on a padded cradle. If you remain still, the process can be completed much quicker. Your radiographer will explain each stage before it happens. You won’t feel anything and the only part of your body that will be under the scanner is your head. The process can take as little as 15 minutes. Once the scan is finished, the scanned images will be saved and processed to produce 3D images of the area. These are then studied by your dentist to determine the most appropriate treatment.

Unlike a hospital based scanner,  our Newtom scanner provides a much lower dose and can alter the dose if necessary depending on the individual. The radiation dose varies from patient to patient, but is typically in the region of 0.1 to 0.5 mSv. This is an incredibly low dose, as everyone in Ireland receives roughly 2.2 mSv annually from naturally occurring background radiation. This means our Dental Scan is less than an average 3 months of natural background radiation.

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