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What is 3D Computerised Tomography (CT) Scanning?
CT scans are also known as CAT scans (Computerized Axial Tomography) and share many similarities to X-rays. In a similar way to an X-ray scan producing a 2D image of bone, a CAT scan can provide a highly detailed three dimensional image of a jaw bone which can be viewed by the surgeon on a computer monitor.
This technique enables dentists to plan the entire restoration procedure before the surgery has commenced. The dental surgeon is able to inspect a 3D image produced by the CT scan from any possible direction. With this technique there is no longer any need for the dentist to detach the gum from the bone and insert probes the measure the width and density of the bone.
Temporary prosthetic teeth can be made in advance to the surgical procedure making it possible to insert a dental implant which has a natural appearance in just one day. This procedure has the benefits of being less painful for the patient - due to less severe inflammation and bruising of the gum - and more convenient than other similar operations as the surgery is done all in one day.