I’m getting a dental implant for an upper front tooth. Is a CT scan necessary? And should I be concerned about the implant brand my dentist uses? A friend says that I should ask. Which brands are the best? Thank you. Kelvin from Oregon
Thanks for your inquiry. CT scans and the quality of implant fixtures will affect the outcome of your implant surgery. And so will your dentist’s training. We will explain.
Dental Implants and CT Scans
Although many dentists skip CT scans for implants, many root forms poke holes in the nasal sinus. I CT skin can help prevent that. A CT scan also shows your bone volume, depth, and thickness to help your dentist decide if they can place the implant without grafting or sinus augmentation. Don’t skip the CT scan.
Should You Ask Your Dentist About Implant Brands?
Yes, ask your dentist which implant brands they use. The top dental implant manufacturers are Straumann and Nobel Biocare. 3i, BioHorizons, Zimmer, and Astrotech are reliable brands, too. Avoiding dental implant failure requires fixtures made by strict standards. The manufacturer’s quality control cannot be compromised. Avoid a dentist who uses cheap fixtures.
Look for a Credentialed Implant Dentist
If you want to be sure about your dentist’s concern for quality implants, look for a credential (fellowship, diplomate, or accreditation) from one of these organizations:
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- American Board of Oral Implantology.
- International Dental Implant Association
- International Academy of Implant Dentistry
Otherwise, your dental implants might seem successful, but four or five years later become loose. If a dentist must remove the loose implant, the surgical site will need bone grafting. Or you can begin to experience pain, nerve damage, infection, or other problems.
Don’t settle for anything less than a dentist who performs 3-D scans, uses high-quality implant fixtures, and doesn’t take any shortcuts.
Joseph Rota, DDS, of Colorado Springs sponsors this post. Dr. Rota is a diplomate of the International Dental Implant Association and the International Academy of Implant Dentistry.