When X-ray imaging is not enough, your dentist may recommend a CT scan to get a more comprehensive picture of your teeth, gums, and jaw — especially if getting dental implants is one of the treatment options. If you need a CT scan, visit Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD in La Mesa, California. With this advanced technology, your dentist can determine the most effective course of action for your dental treatment to give you a smile you want and deserve.
With a CT scan, your dentist can see a three-dimensional view of your mouth, teeth, gums, jaw, and neck area.
While you may be used to getting X-rays every so often at the dentist, sometimes these images don’t allow for a detailed picture of your dental health.
With the CT scan's cross-sectional perspective, it’s possible to see more clearly if you are a candidate for certain dental procedures, such as dental implants. The CT scan gives your surgeon a precise understanding of how they to execute the surgery in a way that produces the best results.
Besides preparing for dental implants, a CT scan can also help your dentist diagnose and treat conditions that include cleft palate, cavities, dental trauma, or teeth that might need a root canal.
At your first appointment, your dentist needs to conduct a thorough dental examination to understand your needs and your dental history. You might have your scan the same day, or you might schedule it as a separate appointment.
During the scan, you lie or sit on an exam table or chair, and your dentist positions the scanning equipment around your face and head area. While you remain still, the scanning equipment rotates around you to capture a 360-degree view of your teeth and jaw area.
The entire process takes only a few minutes, and you won’t experience any pain during the procedure.
With a dental CT scan, your dentist can quickly capture detailed images of your teeth and jaw that are more informative than X-rays. CT scans produce high-quality images from a variety of different angles, which allows your dentist to create an effective treatment plan.
After your CT scan, you’re free to return to your normal activities. There's no recovery time associated with this type of procedure. Plus, as a painless, non-invasive method, CT scans don’t leave behind the effects of radiation in your body.
With the results of your CT scan, you and your dentist can proceed with confidence and treat any dental issues with ease.
If you’d like to have a consultation about a dental CT scan, call the offices of Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD today or schedule an appointment online.