Murrieta Family Dental Group
General Dentistry located in Murrieta, CA
When regular dental or facial X-rays are not sufficient, a computed tomography (CT) scan can help. At Murrieta Family Dental Group in Murrieta, California, Roya Levi, DDS, offers CT scans to effectively diagnose a range of dental problems. A leading technology in the field of dentistry, CT scans produce detailed, 3-D images of your mouth that help detect and treat oral health issues affecting your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways, and bone. To learn more, call or schedule a consultation online today.
CT Scan Q & A
What is a CT scan?
A CT scan is a special type of X-ray that produces detailed, 3-D images of your dental structures to help with diagnosing and treating oral health issues. Dr. Levi may opt for a CT scan in situations where regular X-rays don’t provide sufficient information.
The high quality images that CT scans produce can tell Dr. Levi exactly what’s wrong and how to treat a specific problem. These images allow her to develop precise treatment plans that increase the chances of effective care.
When are CT scans used?
Dr. Levi uses CT scans to diagnose dental problems affecting your
- Nerve pathways
- Soft tissue, such as muscles and glands
- Temporomandibular joint
Specifically, CT scans are very helpful in detecting serious issues, such as tumors and the origin of pain in your oral structures.
Beyond diagnosing dental problems, CT scans are also used in the planning of complex procedures. For example, Dr. Levi uses CT scans to create treatment plans for the movement of misaligned teeth, the removal of impacted teeth, and the placement of dental implants.
How does a CT scan work?
Undergoing a CT scan is a straightforward, simple procedure. The machine used to take the images is a cone-shaped device that does a 360-degree rotation around your face. During this step, the machine captures images of your mouth and face from several angles.
You just sit in the chair and wait while the machine captures the images. You won’t feel a thing.
The images are sent to a computer that combines all of them into a single 3-D image. This provides Dr. Levi with crucial information about your oral health and, potentially, the root of whatever dental problem you’re dealing with. She’ll review this information with you and go over the next steps.
Are CT scans safe?
Yes. A CT scan at Murrieta Family Dental Group is perfectly safe. The modern machine used at the practice emits much less radiation than conventional CT scan devices, and it poses no risk to patients. If you’re concerned at all beforehand, Dr. Levi and her staff can answer any questions you have about a CT scan.
To learn more, call or book an appointment at Murrieta Family Dental Group online today.