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A 59-year-old male asked:

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
Dentistry 39 years experience
CT: It will help get the full extent of the effected area.
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 37 years experience
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!

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