Dental CT Scan (Computerized Tomography)
· A CT scanner rotates to take X-ray images from different angles. A computer puts these images together to form detailed, two-dimensional pictures.
· Our 3D Imaging Lab uses the two-dimensional images to create detailed three-dimensional pictures that help Dr. Michaelson plan and carry out implant procedures.
· Exams typically take 15 minutes in total; the actual scanning takes just minutes.
The technologist performing your exam will be nearby and able to talk to you throughout the scan.
What is a dental CT scan?
A CT (computed tomography) scan is a noninvasive medical test that uses special X-ray equipment to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body and a computer to join them together in cross-sectional views of the area being studied.
Traditional panoramic X-rays performed by dentists provide only a limited two-dimensional view. While they can show the height and contour of the jaw bone, they give no indication of the bone width and density and may distort the location of nerves that run through the jawbone.
State-of-the-art, three-dimensional dental CT imaging takes the guesswork out of implants. This quick and safe diagnostic imaging exam produces life-like views of the mouth that let Dr Michaelson determine pre-surgically if a patient is an implant candidate. With 3D imaging, a surgeon can proceed with confidence, knowing the amount of bone a patient has, the distance to the alveolar nerve and the exact angles to situate the implant.
The radiation used in a dental CT exam is significantly lower than in a conventional CT scan.
When should I consider dental CT imaging?
Dental CT imaging is used when patients are being fitted for implants. The more information a surgeon has about the anatomy of the patient's mouth before a dental implant, the better the outcome. Important measurements for the surgeon to know include the width and density of the jawbone ridge in order to assess implant feasibility and the exact placement of the alveolar nerve in order to prevent painful nerve damage. Dental CT imaging can also help visualize nerve location prior to wisdom tooth extraction.
Do I have to go somewhere for the CT scan?
We have partnered with a mobile imaging company that comes right to our office to do the CT scan. They have several large vans with the most up to date equipment to make the scan fast comfortable and accurate. The scan is performed by a certified technician and takes just a few minutes. Since the scan is done right here Dr. Michaelson can be involved. He will work closely with the technician to make sure the images captured are to his specifications.
What should I expect AFTER dental CT imaging?
You have no restrictions after having a CT scan and can go about your normal activities. After the exam, our 3D imaging staff produces three-dimensional images, which provide the surgeon with valuable data crucial to the success of the implant.