The team at California Oral and Facial Surgery, in Alameda, California, is committed to delivering state-of-the-art surgical services. We invest in the best available technologies such as digital CT 3D imaging to create clear and precise images of your jaw, teeth, and other facial structures to plan and deliver excellent surgical care and patient outcomes. Call California Oral and Facial Surgery or schedule a consultation online today for expert oral surgical services.
What is CT 3D imaging?
Also referred to as dental cone beam computed tomography, CT 3D scans are a special type of X-ray that provides more detailed three-dimensional images of your:
- Other facial bones
- Soft tissues
- Nerve paths
California Oral and Facial Surgery offers CT 3D scans from the comfort and convenience of their office in Alameda. The technology allows the surgical team to examine your mouth in detail for early and effective diagnosis and treatment.
Why would I need CT 3D imaging?
The team at California Oral and Facial Surgery use CT 3D scanning when routine dental X-rays don’t provide sufficient information. For example, they may recommend the advanced scan to:
- Assess the placement of dental implants
- Evaluate TMJ dysfunction and plan TMJ treatment
- Examine teeth for orthodontic treatment planning and progress checks
- Plan wisdom tooth removal
- Visualize abnormal teeth and other developmental abnormalities
- Analyze dental injury and plan restorative procedures
- Evaluate the extent of facial trauma and plan treatment
- Examine the bones and teeth for signs of infection or damage
This cutting-edge imaging equipment allows the surgeons to create precise surgical plans and deliver safe and effective operations.
What happens during CT 3D imaging?
You will need to remove any jewelry, eyeglasses, hearing aids, or other devices that could interfere with the scan. Then, while you sit still, the scanner moves around your face and head, taking dozens of images or “slices.” When the scan is complete, the computer combines the images to create a digital 3D model of your head and neck.
The scan usually takes less than a minute although your surgeon may take traditional dental X-rays at the same time.
Is the procedure safe?
CT 3D dental scans are very safe. While they do require more radiation than a traditional X-ray, your exposure is still minimal, and the team at California Oral and Facial surgery provides lead aprons and other protective devices to reduce your exposure as much as possible.
If you’re looking for an oral surgeon who’s committed to providing the best care before, during, and after your operation, call California Oral and Facial Surgery or make an appointment online today.