Dental Implant Imaging: How to Choose the Best Tools for Your Patients

April 30, 2022

Dental implant imaging is one of the most important parts of the implant process. Of course, imaging is crucial for dentists and oral surgeons. However, it’s also important for patients. Imaging is a tangible way for dental providers to show patients what is happening inside their mouths. The right imaging helps patients understand the goals of their surgery, ask appropriate questions, and feel confident before their procedure. The question is- are you using the best dental implant imaging tools for your patients? We’ll share our top choices below.

Panoramic X-Rays

X-rays have been a routine part of dental exams for decades. They are quick, accurate, and easy to use. Plus, they offer a comfortable patient experience, even for those who are nervous or claustrophobic. Panoramic x-rays offer a fuller view of a patient’s mouth, making them a good option for oral surgery consultations. While they do have their limitations, they are a great tool to get the initial images of a patient’s mouth.

Cone Beam CT Scans

Cone beam CT scans are a more accurate tool for implant planning. This is because they generate images that can be rotated 180 and/or 360 degrees, allowing for a complete view of a patient’s mouth. The cone beam CT scan also makes it easier to plan surgery for each patient’s unique mouth structure. This not only makes oral surgery easier for practitioners, but also makes recovery easier for patients.

Implant Planning Software

Of course, accurate imaging is crucial for implant success. However, the ability to plan a surgery is also important. Both x-rays and cone beam CT scans can be viewed and manipulated using implant planning software. With this software, practitioners can accurately map out an oral surgery beforehand, which reduces the risk of complications. This software is constantly changing and improving, so make sure you are using the latest program.

Improving Your Skills as a Provider

While dental implant imaging is important, it’s just one aspect of the dental implant process. In order to be the best provider possible, you must stay on top of the latest industry advancements. IHDS is here to help you take your skills to the next level. Click here to learn about our upcoming dental training courses.

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