If you’ve ever been to the dentist, you will be familiar with the traditional dental x-ray. Dentists use these 2D images to look for decay or problems with your teeth, bones and soft tissue. At Kenmar Dental, we now offer patients in the Marietta area access to our dental CT scan or bone scan technology, allowing us to get a much clearer image of your individual dental issues.
First of all, “CT” stands for “computed tomography” which is the cross-sectional imaging produced by the scan. While a traditional dental x-ray will show you images in 2D, a CT scan also uses x-rays but takes many detailed images in a full 360 degree view of your mouth. The series of images taken via the dental CT scan are put together so your Kenmar dentist is able to view highly detailed images of your mouth in 3D, right here in our Marietta dental office.
You may have heard of CT or CAT scans that are performed on your whole body. Well, for dental issues, the 3D scan is only needed for your head and mouth. Using cone beam technology, you will stand or sometimes sit in the scanner while it rotates around your head, taking multiple images as it goes. The procedure is totally painless and usually completed in under a minute. You will be asked to remove any jewelry prior to the scan and please inform your dentist if you are, or think you may be, pregnant.
If you need dental implants in Marietta, GA, a bone scan or CT scan is needed to see if you have the necessary quality and amount of bone required to support the implants. While traditional x-rays have been used for this in the past, dental CT scans are much more effective at checking the viability of a patient for implant treatment and how the implant should be placed.
Because of the high level of detail of nerves, bone and soft tissue imagery, your Marietta dentist can see any disorders or abnormalities much more easily by using a CT bone scan than from a traditional x-ray.
3D bone scans provide a much clearer picture of the mouth to give your Marietta dentist all the information they need prior to performing potentially complicated tooth extractions.
Because these 3D CT dental scans show everything in so much detail, your Marrietta, GA dentist can plan your treatment with all the information they need to provide a successful outcome and the most effective aftercare.
Kenmar Dental is proud to offer Marietta patients the very latest in dental innovations. This includes laser dentistry, same-day crowns and bridges via CEREC technology and CT imaging for 3D bone scans. Contact us today to find out more about any of the cutting-edge services that we provide from our dental office location in Marietta, GA
Like a traditional dental x-ray, a CT scan will expose you to a very low level of radiation. This is much less than a full-body CT scan would expose you to and is not considered a high or dangerous amount. You will not be subjected to unnecessary scans but please speak to your Marietta dentist if you have any concerns.
The procedure for capturing the x-rays to make a 3D image of your mouth generally takes less than a minute. The procedure is painless and non-invasive. You do not have to take any special precautions after having a dental CT bone scan.