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What is Dental Tomography?

Dental tomography is an imaging technique used to examine the teeth and jaw area in detail. Also known as dental tomography, it is often used by dentists and oral, dental and maxillofacial surgeons for clinical diagnosis and treatment planning. Dental tomography uses devices designed to provide minimal radiation exposure for the patient. It is especially important in the planning and implementation of implant surgery, tooth extraction, maxillofacial surgery and surgical procedures.

What is Dental Tomography?

Dental tomography is an important tool used to provide patients with more effective and personalized treatment.

When is Dental Tomography Used?

Dental tomography is often used by dentists and oral, dental and maxillofacial surgeons to evaluate specific conditions and plan treatment. This imaging technique may be recommended for the following situations and groups:

Planning Before Dental Implants: In patients undergoing dental implants, dental tomography is frequently used to assess jawbone volume and plan implant placement.

Jaw Surgery and Orthognathic Surgery: Before jaw surgery or orthognathic surgery (jaw correction surgery), this imaging technique may be preferred to examine the jaw bone structure in detail.

Difficult Tooth Extractions: Especially in difficult tooth extractions, dentists can use dental tomography to better assess the condition of surrounding tissues.

Sinus Lift Planning: It is used to examine the sinus cavity in detail in patients who will undergo a sinus lift procedure in case of tooth deficiency in the upper jaw.

Jaw Joint Problems: In patients with jaw joint problems, dental tomography is suitable for examining and evaluating the temporomandibular joint regions.

Congenital Anomalies: It is used to evaluate congenital jaw or tooth anomalies.

Dental tomography is an important tool for treatment planning of patients with these conditions as well as other specific dental problems. This imaging technique is used to create more detailed diagnoses and more effective treatment strategies.

What are the Advantages of Dental Tomography?

Dental tomography has a number of advantages, especially when used to provide important information for dentists and oral surgeons. Here are some advantages of dental tomography:

Three Dimensional Imaging
Dental tomography provides detailed three-dimensional images of the teeth and jaw area. This offers more detail and perspective than other traditional X-ray techniques.

High Resolution
High-resolution images allow detailed examination of the jaw bones, teeth, sinus cavities and surrounding tissues.

Precise Diagnosis
Dental tomography provides dentists and oral surgeons with the necessary information to make a more precise diagnosis. This helps to plan an accurate treatment.

Planning for Dental Implants
In pre-dental implant planning, dental tomography helps to optimize implant placement by assessing jawbone structure and quality.

Jaw Surgery Planning
When used before jaw surgery, it allows the surgeon to examine the jaw bone structure in detail and plan the surgery more effectively.

Minimal Radiation Exposure
Modern dental CT scanners work with lower radiation doses than traditional CT scans, resulting in a safer imaging process for the patient.

Treatment Planning
Dental tomography gives dentists and surgeons more information about treatment planning and outcomes, which helps to ensure more predictable and successful treatments.

How is a dental tomography performed?

Dental tomography is performed by dentists using specialized devices to obtain detailed three-dimensional images of the patient's jaw area. Before the scan, the patient is asked to remove metal objects and the device sends X-rays from various angles and completes the scan in a few seconds.

The resulting images are analyzed by the dentist or surgeon and used in treatment plans such as dental implants and jaw surgery. This technology is used to create a more precise diagnosis and treatment plan and is often an important tool for implant surgery and other oral surgical procedures.

Updated Date:20 February 2024Creation Date:23 January 2024

Oral, Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology