3D CT scanning is a type of dental x-ray image that enables us to see bone, soft tissue and even nerve pathways in one detailed view. Most often, these images are needed prior to surgery or when creating a treatment plan for implant patients. The scan allows us to see what is going on below the surface, which can help in providing you with the treatment and care that you need. It takes just minutes to take the scan and many of our patients find them to be easier than intraoral x-rays.
The most common reason for needing a 3D CT scan is because you need to have oral surgery. The scan allows us to identify issues that could get in the way of surgery or to create a personalized treatment plan for you. We are even able to see nerve pathways using this scan, which is essential when it comes to avoiding hitting and altering these areas. The scan uses a minimal amount of radiation to create a detailed image, so it is safe for most of our patients.
Most of our patients who need to have one of these scans done can and should consider it. The scan helps us to create personalized treatments specific to your needs. It enables us to find dental and facial conditions that would otherwise go unnoticed without this special x-ray. We will review all health and medical history to ensure that you're healthy enough to undergo x-ray technology. We can take these scans on both adult as well as pediatric patients.
The CT scan takes just a few minutes in our office. One of our professionally trained staff members will place a lead apron over your body. This is designed to protect you against radiation while it is in use. You will then stand in the middle of a circular machine and either bite on a small bite guard or rest your chin. The machine will then circle your head completely while it takes the image. The image is available to us for immediate review so that we can begin the treatment planning specific to your needs.