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Routine dental x-rays show large amounts of detail, but in only two dimensions. From these views it is generally possible to judge the height of bone available for Implant placement; however, more advanced imaging techniques are sometimes needed to determine the equally important bone width.
Dental CT Scan – there are now a number of advanced x-ray techniques that allow your jawbone to be looked at in all three dimensions. The most accurate and widely available is known as CBCT (cone beam computer tomography) scan or CT Scan. Images obtained by CT scanning will normally be able to show all of the information required about your bone, including quantity and quality, but most importantly the presence of anatomical structures that must be avoided.