3D Dental CT Scans
Imaging and dentistry go hand-in-hand, especially complex procedures that require oral surgery. While digital x-rays can show the jaw and teeth, it does not offer a three-dimensional view of the structural components or show nerves and soft tissue in the oral region. The use of a 3D dental CT scan offers a more advanced imaging option to improve visibility and accuracy for complicated procedures like dental implants and tooth extractions. We have invested in this dental technology at Gilreath Family Dentistry to ensure we have the best equipment available for providing quality dental care for our patients.
What is a CT Scan? Why is it Important?
Dental cone-beam computed tomography, or the 3D dental CT scan, creates a panoramic image of your teeth, jaw, gums, nerve pathways and soft tissues in less than 30 seconds. The process is less invasive and uses less radiation than other types of x-rays. Not only does this imaging reveal all the teeth and the jaw structure with a panoramic view around the outside of the mouth, it creates various views from different angles. It also shows soft tissues, teeth and bone together in 3D images.
Why is it important to have such a clear view of your oral cavity? This imaging allows our dentists to have the information needed for the diagnosis of certain oral health conditions as well as prepare and plan for complex procedures. Knowing where the nerve pathways travel can prevent complications during oral surgery. The images are key to accuracy and precision when planning wisdom tooth removals or dental implant placement, helping our dentists provide the safest and best care for your oral health.
CT for Dental Implants
You’d be surprised how many dentists and surgeons still “free hand” dental implants. Sometimes this works out well, sometimes not. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we use our CT scanner to precisely plan the exact placement of the dental implant. This way, we avoid any nerves, sinuses etc during the surgery. We can also use it to get the very best placement, so that when we restore the implant with a crown, it is in an optimal position for function and long term use.
Dental technology, like the 3D dental CT scan, has improved the quality of dental care. Our team at Gilreath Family Dentistry understands the value that dental technology creates for our patients. Come experience a higher level of dental care by joining our dental family.