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Cone Beam CT Scan

General Dentistry, Family Dentists & Emergency Dentists in Puyallup, WA
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Cone Beam CT Scan services offered in Puyallup, WA

Advanced dental technology includes cone beam CT scans that provide an image of the layout of your entire mouth in 3D. CT scans are available at South Hill Family Dentistry in Puyallup, Washington, where their providers use them to create accurate treatment plans to advance your oral health. Call today or use the online tool to book your appointment and benefit from cone beam CT scans. 

What are cone beam CT scans?

Cone beam CT scans are a special type of X-ray. CT stands for computed tomography. The images provided by cone beam CT scans show the entire layout of your mouth in 3D. Your dentist may order a CT scan when regular digital X-rays aren’t sufficient. 

The CT scans show images of your teeth, nerve pathways, soft tissues, and bone in a single scan.

Why would I need a cone beam CT scan?

Your dentist might order a cone beam CT scan to: 

  • Surgically plan for extraction of impacted teeth
  • Diagnose temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems
  • Determine placement for dental implants
  • Detect and measure jaw tumors
  • Evaluate bone structure and tooth orientation

A CT scan can also help determine if you need bone grafting before receiving a dental implant. Your dentist may also use CT scans to evaluate your jawbone health and to diagnose. 

What happens during a cone beam CT scan?

Your dentist uses a specialized X-ray machine to create a CT scan. You sit on a stool, place your chin on a padded rest, and lean your forehead against another pad. As you sit still, the machine rotates around your head to capture several different angles of your teeth and gums. 

CT scans are incredibly accurate in showing the details of your oral structure. The procedure takes just a few minutes and causes no pain. The images appear on a computer screen almost immediately for your dentist to review. 

How do cone beam CT scans help my oral health?

A cone beam CT scan offers many benefits to your treatment. It exposes you to less radiation than traditional X-rays. The images are superior to traditional X-rays, too, thus improving the accuracy of diagnoses and treatment plans.

Cone beam CT scans can also detect unforeseen oral health problems early, so you can get prompt treatment and avoid complications.

Are cone beam CT scans safe?

Cone beam CT scans use less radiation than a traditional X-ray. The procedure is non-invasive and doesn’t cause any damage to your mouth or jaw. The CT scans are incredibly safe. 

Call South Hill Family Dentistry or use the online tool to book an appointment and benefit from the advanced technology offered to enhance your treatment.