Thanks to the invention of oral CT scans, it’s possible to detect potentially serious oral health problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye. At Sargon Dental, serving Encino, California, the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, and Pleasant Grove, Utah, Sargon Lazarof, DDS, and Dan Dansie, DDS, offer CT scans to adults using a state-of-the-art dental cone beam CT scanner. To schedule an appointment at the office, call to speak with a member of the administrative staff or click the online booking tool.
CT scans are a special type of diagnostic imaging. They use X-ray technology to take detailed three-dimensional images of your teeth, gums, nerve paths, jaw, and alveolar bone. Dr. Dansie uses this information to pinpoint potentially serious oral health problems and to help guide certain procedures.
To determine if you’ll benefit from a CT scan, Dr. Dansie reviews your dental health history and conducts an oral exam. If these measures don’t provide enough information to determine the source of your discomfort or to develop a treatment plan, he orders an on-site CT scan.
At Sargon Dental, Dr. Dansie uses CT scans for various reasons, including:
Dr. Dansie also uses CT scans to pinpoint the source of jaw or tooth pain.
CT scans don’t require any special preparation. Prior to receiving a scan, Dr. Dansie asks you to remove any metal objects like jewelry, eyeglasses, bobby pins, or hearing aids. If you’re pregnant or think you might be pregnant, let Dr. Dansie know. CT scans use low amounts of radiation, but your health and safety take top priority.
During a CT scan, you sit in an upright chair. A moveable device called a gantry rotates around your head in a complete circle, capturing dozens of images of your teeth, jaw, and oral structures.
The CT machine uploads these images to a software program, allowing Dr. Dansie to review them in real-time. The entire process typically takes between five and 10 minutes.
At Sargon Dental, Dr. Dansie discusses your results the same day the scans are taken. If he uncovers any potential problems, he develops a custom treatment plan and recommends the next steps.
CT scans are safe and present no risk of side-effects. The machine uses incredibly low amounts of radiation, none of which remains in your body following the examination.
To learn more about CT scans, schedule an appointment at Sargon Dental. Call the nearest office or click the online booking tool.