3D Scanning for Implants

All implants placed at Birchfield have a 3D scan taken first which are used to help plan the precise placement of implants. The scan produces a collection of detailed images (similar to X-rays) of your mouth and jaw.

The benefits of a scan before implants:

  • Allow your dentist to plan your implant placement with precision
  • Accurately determine whether you need a supporting treatment, such as a bone graft
  • Help determine what type of implant treatment might suit you best
  • Tell your dentist how deep, wide and dense the ridge of your jawbone is, meaning your dentist knows everything about your mouth before you start treatment
  • Shows where structures like your nerve canals and sinuses lie, which helps minimise any risks during the procedure

What happens when you have a scan?

Unlike an MRI scanner, you don’t have to lie inside a tunnel. The scan itself takes less than a minute, and your appointment will probably last around 10 minutes.

You don’t need to prepare anything before you have your scan. When you arrive for your appointment, you’ll be asked to take off anything that may interfere with the imaging process, such as jewellery, glasses, hair grips or hearing aids. If you wear dentures, you may need to remove these during the procedure.

If you’re claustrophobic or anxious, speak to your dentist. They will offer you the support and advice you need, and they’ll help put you at ease during the procedure.

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