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Why Are CT Scans Performed During An Oral Surgery

Posted on 4/25/2022 by Ankur Johri
Why Are CT Scans Performed During An Oral SurgeryIf you are undergoing a tooth extraction for an impacted tooth, full-mouth X-rays are utilized. However, there are other procedures that may require the use of CT scans. When it comes to the placement of dental implants, an oral surgeon must pay attention to precision and accuracy. It is crucial that the implant is placed properly in the right position. This means that a CT scanner is used to help determine the exact measurement that is needed for the placement of the dental implants.

How does a CT Scanner Work?

You have seen the X-ray and CT scanners in dental offices and perhaps you would want to understand a thing or two about how they work. Like X-rays, a CT scan uses small, targeted radiation to capture images of the mouth. It uses only what is absolutely necessary to help create detailed images of an oral area that is considered to be problematic. Again, you may wonder whether a CT scan can cause a risk for cancer.

Like the low radiation X-rays, CT scans present a very low risk for developing cancer. An oral surgeon will use CT scans occasionally, and only when the projected benefits to your oral health greatly outweigh any potential risks. A trained and certified Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon will ensure that all the precautions are taken when taking X-rays and CT scans. You are safe in the hands of these professionals because safety is a top concern for most, if not all dental offices.

Learn more about dental imaging, including X-rays and CT scans, and how they help with your oral surgery. Kindly schedule a consultation appointment. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss the imaging options in-depth with you so that you make an informed choice and know what to expect. Our oral surgeon will determine when to use X-rays and when to perform CT scans.
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