CT Scan Specialist

Horizon Dental Care

General Dentists located in Miramar, FL; Pembroke Pines, FL & Sunrise, FL

The best results come from using the best equipment, which is why the team at Horizon Dental uses a CT scan in many of their procedures. With a more detailed and three-dimensional image of your mouth, a CT scan enables the team at Horizon Dental to offer treatment that’s more precise, accurate, and effective. To learn more, schedule a visit to one of their offices in Miramar, Pembroke Pines, and Sunrise, Florida. You can book your appointment by calling the office or using the convenient online tool.

CT Scan Q & A

What is a CT scan?

A computed tomography (CBCT) scanner is a device that takes a three-dimensional image of your mouth. With a CT scan, your dentist at Horizon Dental gets a precise picture of everything inside your mouth, including your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways, oral bones, and your airway. 

The image from a CT scanner is incredibly detailed and can be viewed from multiple angles allowing your dentist to get a more accurate understanding of your dental needs and conditions. This increased accuracy takes out some of the guesswork that your dentist typically has to do when working with traditional two-dimensional X-rays. 

What is a CT scan used for?

A CT scan can be used as a diagnostic tool for any dental procedure, but they’re most frequently used before you have orthodontic work or dental implants.

In order for dental implants to properly secure, you need to have enough healthy bone tissue in your jaw to support them. A CT scan of your oral cavity can give your dentist a detailed visualization of your jawbone depth, which helps the team determine whether or not you need a bone graft to move forward with your implants. 

A CT scan can also help your dentist ascertain which area of your jaw will best support your implant. By enhancing the accuracy of your implant placement, a CT scan improves the likelihood of a successful procedure and recovery.

What happens during a CT scan?

Your CT scan is a noninvasive procedure that only takes a few minutes. 

Unlike body CT scans, dental CT scans don’t require you to be in an enclosed space. All you have to do is sit in an exam chair and stay still while the CT rotates around your head. And unlike traditional X-rays, you don’t have to bite down on any plastic for a CT scan.

The CT machine gets a full picture of your entire mouth in just a few seconds. There’s no pain, downtime, or recovery, and you can go about your day immediately afterward. 

Are CT scans safe?

CT scans are very safe. The dental CT machine uses much less radiation than that for a body scan, and no radiation remains in your body after the scan.

To learn more about how the team at Horizon Dental can use a CT scan to improve your oral health, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking a visit online.