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How to Identify Dental Implants by X-Ray

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Dental implants can be quite successful in bringing back the functionality and aesthetic value of lost teeth. Teeth can be lost or extracted for some reasons including infections, breakage, poor alignment, imperfection, etc. Once removed, the gap left can be hideous and therefore may require filling by use of either removable of permanent replacements.Dental implants exist in different types to suit different needs. When considering missing tooth replacement, it is essential to understand what is available and what best suits you. For this reason, there are some ways that one can use in the identification of dental implants beforehand. One common identification is through X-ray. Here we focus on how to identify dental implants using X-rays.

How to use the X-rays in dental implant identification

One of the standard ways to get images of a patient’s mouth structure before placement of a dental implant is by use of X-rays.  When using x-rays, you can choose different views in  imaging the mouth structure including;

  • Periodical view. From this perspective, a dentist can see the area of the extracted tooth as well as its surroundings. In one aspect, one can see at least two teeth, and from here, your dentist can be able to diagnose any bone diseases or periodical infections.  The periodical view is especially important because it helps determine the density of bone loss in a given area. Determining the density of bone loss is important as such will, in turn, learn whether or not there is the need for grafting before implant placement. This view can also be used to assess the progress of grafting in cases where bone rebuilding is desired.
  • Sinus radiography. In addition to viewing the area around the extracted tooth, it is also important to have views of the sinuses. It is so because dental implants should not penetrate the sinuses. Therefore, a dentist will use this to pinpoint his limits when it comes to inserting the implants.
  • Skull radiography. An X-ray for skull radiography can help picture among other things sinuses, facial bones, and the nose. The view is essential as such can help identify bone declassification, fractures, tutors and erosions of the bone. These are very important as they can determine the suitability of inserting an implant.
  • Panoramic films. These films are used by a dentist as such show all teeth in addition to the surrounding mandibular and maxillary It provides an excellent view of the overall clinical condition of the patient thus revealing evidence of any abnormalities, bone diseases, and fractures.

The essence of using X-rays in implant identification

Just as different people will have different dental formulas, every dental implant is created uniquely with various threads, appearance, shape, and taper.  Once an implant is inserted into a patient’s mouth, it becomes increasingly difficult to know what type or brand the implant is without the help of the dentist who placed it. Without this information, it becomes tough to purchase the right parts for servicing of the implant. Each implant comes with its unique replacement parts and pieces and just like you cannot decide to fit your Mercedes with  Ford pieces, it is not advisable to service your implants using just any parts you come across. Good quality implant parts and pieces can be purchased at Vita Family Dentist Care.

The use of x-rays for dental implant placement does not stop at installations; the x-rays can also be used after the procedures to determine;

  • Whether any additional systems are required
  • The quantity and quality of a patient’s available bones
  • The size of the dental implants
  • The position of anatomic structures that the dentist need to avoid
  • The position of the patient’s natural teeth

Before undertaking your dental implant surgery, it is critical to ensure that your oral hygiene is top notch and in case of any diseases or infections, you are adequately treated. Performing dental implantation with existing oral issues raises the risk of the procedure failing. Therefore, before booking your implant surgery ensure;

  • Any tooth decays are appropriately treated
  • Any soft tissue conditions like gingivitis and periodontal diseases are treated
  • Get quality therapy if your teeth have chronic infections.
  • Any infected or diseased teeth that cannot be treated are extracted.
  • Your teeth are properly cleaned, and quality scaling is done

After implantation, it takes quite some time before you heal. During this healing period, great oral hygiene must be observed and maintained coupled with a frequent dental assessment. Failure to do this, you risk poor formation of jawbone which may in turn in poor positioning of the implantation. In this post-surgery evaluation, you can choose any imaging options. However, x-rays can help better identify the healing progress as well as any need for surgery re-correction or improvement.

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