3-D Digital CT Scan

3-D Digital CT Scan

When it comes to the dental care necessary to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile, having access to advanced technology can help ensure the best outcome for general and cosmetic dental treatments.

After a visual assessment, the next step in diagnosing oral health conditions or planning oral surgery is obtaining images of the teeth, soft tissues, and underlying bone.

In the past, dentists relied heavily on traditional two-dimensional (2D) X-rays to observe the teeth and jaw, but this technology can be inadequate in some situations.

La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including a digital CT scan that offers clear three-dimensional (3D) dental imaging.

What Are the Benefits of Advanced Dental Technology With 3D Digital CT Scans?

Dr. Kohani is committed to making his patients’ dental treatments as effective and painless as possible.

3D imaging is used in a variety of dental procedures, including:

  • Tooth extractions
  • Dental implant placement
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Periodontal procedures
  • Root canal treatment and many more

Traditional X-rays only give dentists one flat view of a tooth, preventing the 360-degree image that 3D provides. Additionally, 2D X-rays only focus on the teeth and cannot focus on the surrounding structures, which can prevent dentists from identifying underlying conditions that are otherwise unseen.

Dentists continue to depend on X-rays for routine oral health evaluations. However, instead of relying only on 2D imaging, dental professionals can now utilize a 3D digital CT scanner when more extensive examination is needed.

Dr. Kohani cannot only examine the teeth (typical of traditional X-rays), but he can also view the relationship each tooth has with the jaw bone, nerves, sinuses, airways, and soft tissues. His ability to get a closer view of a particular region enables more precise diagnostics and more conservative treatment planning.

The 3D digital CT scanner at our San Diego, California, dental practice provides Dr. Kohani with valuable information, allowing him to significantly improve the health and beauty of your smile.

3D digital CT scans can help identify the following:

  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Sinus problems
  • Airway problems
  • Jawbone resorption
  • Tumors or cysts
  • Abscesses
  • Problematic wisdom teeth
  • Tooth replacement with dental implants

Dr. Kami Kohani uses this advanced imaging technology to accurately diagnose dental issues and determine the most effective approach for his patients.

To learn more about how a 3-D digital CT scan can significantly improve your oral health, contact La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics at 858-295-0603 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kohani.

Frequently Asked Questions About 3-D Digital CT Scan

Most adults are excellent candidates for imaging with a 3D CT scanner. A 3D CT scanner emits a very low dose of ionizing radiation, and side effects are rare. However, because kids are more vulnerable to potential risks, health professionals like to limit the use of CT scans in children.

Concerns may also include adverse reactions to intravenous dye that is sometimes used in other healthcare fields but not dentistry.

You should inform our staff if you are pregnant so we can take extra precautions to minimize exposure. However, the low dose of radiation is targeted toward your mouth, and your baby will not be directly exposed.

Our entire team is eager to help you improve the health of your smile and invites you to call our San Diego dental office at (858) 295-0603 to answer your questions or schedule an appointment.

To prepare for your examination, all jewelry, glasses, dentures, and removable metal items should be removed as they could affect the images.

The 3D digital CT scanner rotates 360 degrees, completely around your head. Instead of processing the images onto film, the machine stores the radiographs in an internal database, making them easily accessible and environmentally friendly.

Dr. Kohani can examine these images from several different perspectives to provide a precise diagnosis. For instance, if you are experiencing jaw pain, Dr. Kohani can zoom in on the digital scan and isolate the area in question. The images are viewable from every possible angle and at varying magnifications.

Patients must stay still during the 14 seconds of image collection to prevent distortion or image defects.

Yes, the examination procedure is considered safe. Special consideration is taken with children and patients who require multiple sets of images.

As indicated earlier, 3D imaging captures issues unnoticed with 2D scans. Seeing the mouth in three dimensions can help detect problems at the earliest stages of development, meaning patients can get appropriate help much sooner.

Providing Advanced Dental Care in San Diego, CA

As an innovative leader in oral health care and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Kohani employs the most advanced dental technology. He holds several patents and continues training in emerging dental science to improve patient care.

To meet all your oral health needs, La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics offers the highest level of care and a wide range of dental services, some of which include:

Dr. Kohani’s ultimate goal is to use the latest, best technology, like our 3D CT scanner, to detect and correctly diagnose various oral health conditions while providing the most effective treatment options for our San Diego dentistry patients.