What is a Dental Bone Scan?

If you’re considering a dental implant, Dr Helen will ask you to have a Cone Beam CT (bone scan) done.  Unlike the little x-ray radiographs that you get done in the chair that show us your teeth or the 2D full-mouth x-ray radiograph called OPG  that show us your mouth, a Cone Beam CT is a 3D scan of your mouth that shows us the quality and amount of bone you have.

This bone is very important in the planning process of dental implant treatment, as dental implants need good-quality and quantity of bone for anchorage.  Sometimes after this scan, Dr Helen will recommend bone grafting to help improve the quality and quantity of bone available to give your implant the best long-term outcome.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr Helen Voronina

Dr Helen Voronina is the principal dentist at "Dr Helen's Dental & Implant Studio". Having graduated from the University of Melbourne and later from the Brener Implant Institute, in her practice she places emphases on the implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. She is a member of the Australian Dental Association, The International Congress of Implantology and The Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID). She is a former chairperson for the National Dental Foundation and an official dentist for the Melbourne Hearts Football Club.