A 59-year-old male asked:
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which shows better detail of a missing molar buccal wall (extraction trauma) to a dentist--an digital x-ray or 3d ct scan? needs rebuilding.

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Dr. John Comisi
38 years experience Dentistry
CT: It will help get the full extent of the effected area.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. James Bates
36 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Extraction trauma: A ct will definitely show more detail to your dentist, but it may not be necessary. Your oral surgeon can rebuild the area with a bone graft without a ct in most cases. A digital panoramic x-ray is all that is usually needed, but will only provide a two dimensional image. Simpler is usually better and less expensive!
Answered on Mar 28, 2015
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