Dental CT Scans
Computed Tomography Scanners, also known as CT or CAT scanners, create some of the most detailed images of the interior of the human body available. This is as true of your teeth and jawbones as it is of your lungs. Dentist of Bixby Knolls has a dental CT scanner that takes 3D images of your head and neck. Your dentist will be able to see not only your teeth and jawbones but your sinuses and even your nerves.
Why is this important? It might be important for several reasons. It can help your dentist determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, for example, and if so, where the ideal positions to place the implant posts in your jaw are. It is also essential to get these images before certain surgical procedures, such as bone grafts.
Dental CT scans are also useful in orthodontic care. The images produced by the scanner will let your orthodontist see how your teeth, jawbones, and skull all relate to one another. This information is then used to determine the best orthodontic treatment(s) to help you achieve the straight and beautiful smile you want.