CT Scans for Dental Implants
What is a CT Scan?
A CT (computed tomography) Scan or Cone beam machine is a 3D imaging device. This type of scan uses special X-ray equipment to produce cross-sectional views of an area by compiling together multiple images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths, and bone. The three-dimensional images this technology generates allow for more accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. CT dental scans are fast, safe, and use significantly less radiation than conventional CT scans.
Why Would I Need a CT Scan?
Dental CT scans are used in a variety of situations to provide patients with a more accurate diagnosis and treatment planning of orthodontic issues. CT Scan can be used in cases such as:
- Planning for accurate placement of dental implants
- Diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder
- Cephalometric analysis
- Planning for cosmetic dentistry and reconstructive surgeries such as inlays, onlays, crowns, and veneers
- Visualizing nerve location prior to wisdom tooth extraction
- Evaluating any jaw, sinuses, nerve canals, and nasal cavity issues
- Determining bone structure and tooth orientation
- Detecting, measuring, and treating jaw tumors
- Planning for root canals and bone grafts
How to Prepare for a CT Scan
Although CT scans do not require any special preparation, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Wear comfortable but loose-fitting clothes to your appointment and be aware of any jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids, or hairpins you have on your person. Prior to the examination, your dentist may ask you to remove any of these metal objects or accessories that may interfere with the imaging technology.
Some removable dental work may need to be removed before your scan, however, it is recommended that you bring these to your examination in case your dentist needs to examine them as well. Since CT scans do involve radiation, women should always make their dentist aware if there is any possibility that they are pregnant so that their oral surgeon can take the proper precautions.
Benefits of Dental CT Scans
- Provides dentists with more information than conventional 2D X-rays
- Full mouth scans typically only take about 20 seconds to acquire
- Highly accurate since Dentists can view inside your mouth from a variety of angles
- Lower radiation than conventional CT scans
- Equipment is considerably smaller than conventional CT equipment
- Soft tissue and bone can be looked at simultaneously
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Prashant Sinha today!