A CT scan, short for computerized tomography, is a method of imaging parts of the body using computers and rotating X-ray machines to create cross-sectional images. CT scans provide more information than normal X-rays, showing soft tissues and blood vessels as well as bone structure.
3D CT scanning is a powerful tool for any dental practice, as it allows us to create a complete digital model of your teeth and gums in a great deal of detail. The process is slightly more involved and time-consuming than a simple X-ray or intraoral scan.
For a CT scan, you lie perfectly still in a tunnel-like machine. The inside of the machine rotates, taking a series of X-rays from various angles. These images are combined digitally into a 3D model that can be used to plan your treatments.
3D CT scans are especially helpful in planning complex restorative or orthodontic work, such as the placing of dental implants or braces. They can also be helpful in manufacturing your Invisalign retainers. Your dentist will keep you informed at every stage of the process, and can even use this 3D model to demonstrate how your treatment is working in real-time.
At Shervin M. Louie, DDS, we strive to incorporate the latest technological advances so that patients can enjoy the best possible dental treatments. Our new 3D CT scanner is a part of that mission statement. Schedule an appointment if you want to know more. We’ll show you how this advanced process can improve your dental treatments and help to create a dazzling smile.