What is Dental CT?

Previously, radiographic images that were used to place implants were two dimensional. These two dimensional images provided a reasonable estimate of bone height, but often bone width was not determined until the bone was exposed during surgery. This often led to surprises for the implant surgeon, such as inadequate bone structure.

Today, we offer the latest in dental CT scanning, which provides detailed 3D images of the structures of the jaw. These 3D visualizations, coupled with specialized software, allow implants to be placed with a level of precision that was unattainable years ago. Dental implants can now be accomplished in a much more conservative way, which involves greatly reduced discomfort, less treatment time and a more accurate final outcome.

How do I prepare?

Request an appointment online or call us to book your appointment. Once your appointment is booked, your forms will be available on the patient portal.

You must remove all jewelry and any other metallic objects such as hearing aids, jeans with metal zippers, body piercings and removable dental work. Wearing a sweatsuit with no metal may prevent you from having to change into a gown.

Bring with you to your appointment:

  • Prescription from your doctor.
  • Current insurance card.
  • Authorization number from your insurance carrier.
  • Any forms you completed at home.
  • Credit card or cash for your insurance co-pay.
  • Any relevant imaging studies that you have from another facility, including the reports. We like to compare the MRI with any previous studies to assist in the diagnostic process.
  • Picture identification.
  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

    What do I do when I arrive?

    Present your prescription, insurance card and completed forms at the front desk. If any additional forms are required, they will be given to you at this time.

    Be sure to inform the receptionist and technologist if you:

  • Have allergies, specifically to iodine.
  • Have any compromised kidney function or a history of kidney disease.
  • Are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are breast feeding.
  • Are currently taking any medications.
  • Have any metal or implanted medical device in your body.
  • Have diabetes.
  • Have asthma.
  • Have any relevant studies from another facility. We like to compare the new MRI/PET study with any previous studies to assist in the diagnostic process.
  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

    What happens during the test?

    All metal must be removed before your scan including jewelry, dentures, eyeglasses, belt buckles and any clothing with metal zippers or buttons. Metal interferes with the quality and accuracy of the images captured during the CT. You may be asked to change into a gown.

    The CT technologist will confirm that you are free of all metal and review your medical history with you.

    You will then be brought into the CT room and asked to lie down on the scanning table. The scanning table you are lying on will be moved into the center of the opening and the test will begin. The machine never touches you. Be sure to remain as still as possible to ensure the best possible images. Although the CT technologist cannot stay in the room with you during the scan, he or she will be able to talk to you from outside the room through an intercom.

    Once all of the images have been recorded, the scanning table will move out of the CT machine and the technologist will return to assist you off the table.

    The CT scan can take from 2 to 10 minutes, depending on the area of the body being scanned.

    What happens after the test?

    One of our board certified radiologists interprets your images, compares them to any previous studies and dictates a report which is transcribed, proofread and signed. The report is then faxed and mailed to your referring doctor within one or two days. Your doctor will read the report and review the findings with you.

    All of your signed reports and images are available to your referring doctor on our physician's web portal, and available to you on the patient web portal.