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The Use of CT Scanners in Dentistry
We, at Optimum Oral Surgery Group, adhere to the most advanced dentistry procedures and techniques to fully assist our patients in maintaining their oral and dental health. Since we practice modern dentistry, we are heavily reliant on diagnostic tools that will help us more accurately diagnose various dental conditions for all of our patients such as the computed tomography (CT) scanner. A CT scanner allows us to see three-dimensional images of the internal structures and pathology of the mouth. Moreover, through this technology, we can visualize both hard and soft tissues of the facial bones which are critical in our assessment and in making an accurate diagnosis of numerous hidden or hard to identify conditions.
Uses of CT Scans
CT scans are very useful in dentistry primarily because it can capture 3D images that allow us to see what is going on in a patient’s mouth. Through this technology, we can better assist our patients with oral tumors since we can accurately determine the exact location and the size of the tumor. When we have this information, we can better determine the best course of action regarding treatment and recovery options.
We also rely on CT scans instead of traditional radiographs in assessing the jawbones of our patients who are about to undergo dental implant procedures. With the help of a CT scan, we can easily determine the health and density of the jawbone of our patients. With this information, we can readily tell if they are suitable for implants or if we need to carry out additional procedures to increase the likelihood of success, like bone grafting.
The use of a CT scan is also invaluable in assessing the condition of the sinuses, nasal cavity, and nerve canals as well as in making an accurate diagnosis for a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and impacted teeth. A CT scanner is also indispensable during reconstructive surgery procedures since it provides real-time feedback that determines what courses of action we need to take during the procedure itself.
Benefits of Using CT Scans in Dentistry
CT scanners are increasingly important in the field of dentistry due to the accurate and clear 3D images they provide. When we use a CT scan, the images of the internal anatomy are not distorted and do not overlap. The three-dimensional images allow us to view the structures of your mouth from various angles. This gives us the ability to thoroughly assess the problem area.
Another benefit of using a CT scan is that we do not have to wait for the final results since the images are captured in real time and can be readily viewed using a monitor. By using a CT scanner, we can immediately communicate with our patients our diagnosis and treatment options, if any. Apart from being an accurate and extremely helpful diagnostic tool, a CT scan is also non-invasive, which means our patients are comfortable and will not feel any pain during the procedure. This is particularly helpful since dental anxiety is quite common and patients are often anxious about going through dental processes and waiting for results.
If you want to learn more about CT scans and other advancements in dentistry that we practice here at Optimum Oral Surgery Group, give us a call at (856) 437-4432 to schedule a consultation.