2017-04-20 / Healthy Living

3D technology provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for dental implant surgery

In the past, placing dental implants involved a lot of guesswork. Dentists used to rely on traditional black-and-white X-rays, which displayed only two-dimensional images, inaccurate in size and detail. The dentist could not see the bone, soft tissues or surrounding vital structures beneath the gums, so he would have to approximate the location of surgical implant placement. X-rays are fine for finding decay in teeth, but for dental implant surgery, 3D CT scans are now considered “the standard of care” in modern dentistry.

A CT scan is a volumetric image of your teeth, jaws, and surrounding vital structures. It shows, in high resolution and unparalleled detail, structures not visible with traditional X-rays.

3D CT scans provide both three-dimensional and cross-section views that are much more accurate than traditional two-dimensional X-rays.

These 3D computerized images provide detailed views of the facial structures that enable a qualified dentist to determine the quantity and quality of bone as well as bone density where the implants will be placed.


3D scans provide detailed views of the facial structures that enable a qualified dentist to determine the quantity and quality of bone as well as bone density. 
COURTESY IMAGES 3D scans provide detailed views of the facial structures that enable a qualified dentist to determine the quantity and quality of bone as well as bone density. COURTESY IMAGES Vital structures such as nerves and sinuses are precisely located to add a great measure of safety not offered with traditional X-rays. With a 3D CT scan, the doctor can properly assess your specific case to determine if you’re eligible for dental implants, whether bone grafting is necessary and plan precisely where to place the implants

With this information, the dentist can determine the proper treatment approach for each individual patient, including the correct implant type, size and position for optimal implant placement.

These scans make implant placement more efficient and predictable while dramatically reducing the time a patient spends in the dental chair.

Cone beam CT technology emits very small amounts of radiation for the CT scan. In fact, the imaging requires less radiation than a traditional X-ray and the cone beam technology emits 80 to 100 times less radiation than a traditional medical grade CT scan of the same area.

You are seated in an open area unlike an MRI scan-and the CT scanner moves around your head. The scan will take place in the dentist’s office and takes only 19 seconds.

— Dr. Jay Ajmo earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1986. He is an active member of The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and designated Master Cosmetic Dentist by the Rosenthal Institute for Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Ajmo has been awarded Diplomate Certification from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Diplomate from the American Dental Implant Association and a Mastership from the Misch International Implant Institute. He is an active member of The American Academy of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Ajmo is Board Certified in IV sedation and maintains an active membership with the American

Society of Dental Anesthesiology. He focuses his practice on complete dental restoration, surgical placement of dental implants, cosmetic smile design and sedation dentistry. Dr. Ajmo has been serving patients in his Palm Beach Gardens office since 1987.

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