In the past implant surgeons relied mainly on traditional dental x-rays to diagnose their patients for implant surgery. This limited the ability to determine the bone dimensions and visualize surrounding anatomy.
We still use dental x-rays as they show detailed images of the teeth and bone around the implants after they are placed. However, we have converted to digital radiographs that allow us to immediately view your x-ray on a computer screen. This is more convenient for sharing films between offices as we can email the images. Our office also uses three-dimensional imaging to diagnose your upper and lower jaw for implant options. This eliminates some of the guesswork involved in determining what parts of the jawbone offer the best sites for dental implant placement. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) allows us to visualize the jaw three-dimensionally but is a faster and safer than a conventional medical CT scan. A much lower dose of radiation is used, but you still will need to wear a lead apron for protection. At Misch Implant Dentistry we use the Carestream 9000 imaging system offering the highest resolution and the lowest radiation dose. The three-dimensional images appear almost immediately on the computer screen and allow us to diagnose your jaws to determine if there is adequate bone to place implants. We can take very accurate measurements and also virtually place images of dental implants into the jaws. This technology is superior to regular dental x-rays and helps us better plan your treatment.