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38350 Fremont Blvd. Suite 103
Fremont, CA 94536
Tel: 510-795-7786

Dental CT Scans

For Dental Implants - TMJ - Oral Surgery

Dental CT overview:

A CT scanner rotates to takes Ultra-low dosage X-ray images from different angles. Computer software then stiches these images together to form detailed, three-dimensional pictures of the area scanned.

These three-dimensional images help dental surgeons plan and carry out implant procedures.  These are also used for TMJ diagnosis, evaluation of Sinus cavities etc.

The scan process typically takes just a couple minutes in total and the technologist performing the scan will be able to talk to you as the scan is done.

What is a dental CT scan?

A CT (computed tomography) scan is a noninvasive medical scan 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.

Panoramic X-rays traditionally taken by dentists provide only a limited two-dimensional view. They generally show the height and contour of the jaw bone but no information on the bone density and width can be ascertained.  Also a simple 2-D scan cannot pointpoint the location of the alveolar nerve which is a part of the jaw bone.

State-of-the-art, three-dimensional dental CT imaging is very useful for the initial diagnosis for dental implant placement. The dental surgeon can measure height, inclination and width of the required implant and with appropriate software even place the appropriate implant in the CT-scanned jaw bone image in 3D.

3D imaging allows the surgeon to confidently angle the implant, get a good understanding of the bone density and the distance of the alveolar nerve from the implant location.
When should I consider dental CT imaging?

CT Scanning is crucially important for the best outcome in the placment of the dental implant.  With this information,the dentist or dental surgeon can closely determine the dimensions of the bone, proximity and inclination of the adjacent teeth allowing her to decide the ideal length and angular placement of the dental implant.

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.
What should I expect DURING and After a dental CT imaging scan?

There is NO need for  a contrast injection for taking a dental CT scan and the entire process takes just 10 minutes. Under the guidance of the technologist, you will position your body while sitting comfortably in a chair, so that the biting surface of your teeth is parallel to the CT scanning plane. Normal breathing is acceptable but it is important for you to be very still while the 15 second scan is being performed.

There are no restrictions after the CT scan and can go about your normal activities. The doctor will then either analyze the CT scan while you wait or will setup another appointment for a more detailed discussion on the treatment options.
What should I expect BEFORE dental CT imaging? Dental CT imaging is typically not covered by insurance. StarBrite Dental will perform the scan at no cost to the patient if the treatment plan is accepted and if the patients insurance plan does not cover the scan.  In case the patient elects to not pursue treatment, a copy of the CT scan will be provided to the patient only after payment is made for the scan.

All payment options are accepted, except for American Express and Discover cards. Remove any non-fixed dentures, prostheses and jewelry that may interfere with the area being scanned.


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