August 31, 2010
Cone Beam CAT Scan technology is now being used in dentistry. It provides 3D high resolution images. We use it in some cases for dental implants, so we can visualize the
amount of bone we have to work with. It is not necessary for most cases because they don’t justify the additional radiation (they have significant more radiation than traditional x-rays) and the additional expense. I only mention this because I am hearing some sales people suggest that CAT scans are the standard of care for all dental implants, and that it allows less experienced dentist to place more implants. It is great technology but there is no substitute for experience.
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