Patients from throughout Los Angeles County benefit from the advanced technology available at Couture Smiles Dental Center in Woodland Hills, California. The practice uses innovative CT scans to collect the most accurate diagnostic images available today to identify and treat dental issues ranging from cavities to sleep apnea. Jonathan Gordon, a periodontist, and Dr. Sean Fahid, an endodontist, also use these detailed images. Call the practice today to learn about how CT scans can improve your dental health.
Dental CT scans, often called CAT scans, offer a 3-D view of your oral and maxillofacial (jaw) structures. These images provide significantly more detail than a traditional X-rays and are invaluable when it comes to:
The images provided are also 3-D and deliver information about the quality, quantity, and density of your teeth and jaw.
A CT scan isn’t that much different than having a traditional dental X-ray. You should wear comfortable clothing. You will sit comfortably, and the CT machine will move around you, circling your head, neck, and shoulders, collecting many images of your bones and soft tissue.
These images are combined to create a 3-D image of your head, which provides us with a detailed view of your teeth and jaw. The process typically takes less than a minute, but you will need to be very still while the images are collected.
CT scans have enabled dentistal professionals to make better-informed diagnoses and deliver more effective dental treatments to their patients. For example, dental CT scans help the dentists to plan cosmetic treatments and the placement of dental implants. Dr. Gordon will use the CT scan to identify the best location to place an implant to support the surrounding teeth and promote healthy bone development in the jaw.
As a periodontal specialist, he may also use CT scans to identify any bone loss or gum detachment during the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. Endodontists like Dr. Fahid use CT scans to diagnose abscessed teeth and perform delicate and minute root canals.
CT scans are also useful in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea. Obstructions are easier to identify than with traditional X-rays or diagnostic tools since the mechanism creates images of the:
When you make your next appointment with Drs. Gordon, and Fahid request a diagnostic CT scan to ensure that you have the most accurate diagnosis possible. Even if there are no signs of decay or disease, it is better to have all of the possible information and know for sure.