High-resolution CT scans help diagnose and determine treatment for complex dental procedures. Expert endodontist, Dr. Tina Vani, uses CT scans to help provide you the best care possible at Sonoma Endodontics. If you live in Petaluma, California, or the surrounding area, visit her office to take advantage of this advanced diagnostic tool. Phone the office or book your appointment using the online scheduler.
CT stands for computed tomography, a type of imaging that uses specialized X-ray equipment to look at your body from different angles. CT scans are commonly used to evaluate broken bones and sources of internal bleeding, but they’re increasingly being used by oral health specialists to evaluate teeth. The CT scan is a painless and noninvasive test.
A CT scan allows Dr. Vani to see an affected tooth from multiple angles. She can then identify internal structures such as the nerves, the location and shape of the pulp canals, and your sinuses before treatment. This can help avoid serious complications that might otherwise be unavoidable.
CT scans improve the accuracy of root canals and other endodontic treatments. If you have curved or complex canals, a CT scan ensures Dr. Vani completes a successful root canal procedures and reduces your risk of reinfection.
During a root canal, Dr. Vani uses the 3D X-ray provided by the CT scan to guide how she maneuvers inside each of the affected canals of the tooth. If the tooth is beyond repair, the CT scan can give her an understanding of the state of your jawbone and whether it’s healthy enough to undergo other treatment, such as an implant. It also informs the implant specialist as to where to place the post, so it’s a safe distance from nerves, veins, and arteries.
CT scan procedures have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration since 2001. The test provides images of the soft tissue, bone, and blood vessels of the tooth -- far more detail than other X-ray techniques.
It’s faster and safer way to administer an X-ray, and Dr. Vani can collect much more data with the CT. The cone shape of the CT scanner delivers X-ray beams faster, so you’re under the energy source for a shorter period of time. The scan takes less than one minute and the radiation dose is 100 times less than that of a regular X-ray. Research shows that the radiation dose used for endodontic diagnosis poses little to no risk.
For the most thorough diagnosis and evaluation of a tooth that’s to undergo root canal treatment, make an appointment at Sonoma Endodontics where CT scans provide a 3D image of your teeth.