Follow these instructions to ensure a smooth appointment
Prepare for Your Appointment
There is no special preparation for A Dental Scan. A friendly technologist will be nearby during the entire length of your scan and will be available to answer any questions and address any concerns you might have.
COST: Please note: As dental implants are recognized by Medical insurance companies as cosmetic in nature, they are not generally covered by standard medical insurance or medicare.
However, in some cases your medical insurance company may re-imburse you directly.
What to Expect
A dental CT scan does not require a contrast injection, and the entire exam takes about 15 minutes. The technologist will position your body 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 lie very still.
You have no restrictions after having a CT scan and can go about your normal activities. After the exam, our staff produces images which are then placed on a CD, which provide the surgeon with valuable data crucial to the success of the implant.
How This Service Works
CT images provide your dental surgeon with the most comprehensive and accurate information required to determine bone quantity and quality. The dental scan will provide the exact location of anatomical structures, the contours of the jaw bone, and the best sites for your implants. With Dental CT scanning implant procedures can be planned in detail before any surgery takes place. This means virtually no surprises when a doctor performs surgery.
Typical dental x-rays focus on a small area to produce flat, 2D pictures which are often insufficient and can provide misleading information.
CT produced dental images are obtained with 1/3 less radiation exposure than a full mouth x-ray series. The dose from a single-jaw dental CT scan is about the same as the dose a patient might receive from natural sources (background Radiation) in a period of a few months.
Images of the upper and/or lower jaw are produced by our CT scanner and reformatted using the latest version of Simplant Software. The DICOM data obtained from our CT scanner is also compatible with other treatment planning software that your dentist might use as an alternative to SimPlant. Simplant, the most widely used software program, allows for the data to be transferred into a interactive 3-dimensional treatment planning format displaying panoramic, cross sectional and axial images of the jaw. In addition to evaluating a patient’s anatomy a dentist may simulate implant placement and bone augmentation procedures
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