General Dentistry

CT Scanning: Is it Safe?

Jan 13 • 1 minute read

Advancements in dental technology have improved the treatment experience for both dentists and patients alike. But new digital equipment can be complex, leaving patients to wonder whether these systems are truly beneficial or if they create any drawbacks.

This is especially true in the case of detailed dental imaging and advanced X-ray technology. Read on for more info9ramtion about 3D scanning in dentistry.

Radiation Exposure and Dental X-rays

Many medical and dental patients have questions about X-rays: which method creates less exposure and are X-rays necessary in certain circumstances? X-rays shouldn’t be applied unless they are truly needed to determine underlying physical structures that are affected by care.

All X-ray technology, including traditional film imaging, digital X-rays, and CT scans create some radiation. However, patients don’t realize they are exposed to normal radiation in everyday life as well. The point they should consider that exposure is only an issue cumulatively; it’s as much about how long you are exposed as how frequently, which is another reason to avoid unnecessary X-rays in the medical setting.

While digital X-rays produce slightly less radiation than the film variety, some patients are intimidated by the potential output of Cone Beam CT scans, as this equipment is designed to create in-depth images and therefore can create additional exposure.

Safe use of CT Dental Scans at Clear Fork Healthy Dental Care

As a holistic dental office, we provide dental care with a focus on overall wellness. To that end, we only use CT scans as necessary to specifically pinpoint certain areas where these pictures are vital to treatment planning. With the specialized and limited scope, the use of CT scans is safe for our patients. In fact, using this advanced imaging helps us improve our patients’ health. CT scans are used to increase the successful outcome of dental implant placement and determine specific areas where oral structures have diminished and required restoration.

CT scans allow us to eliminate some of the questions involved in treatment planning and create more dependable outcomes for our patients.

If you have questions about the safety of any dental procedure, including the scanning and diagnostic process for advanced treatments, please do not hesitate to contact our office. To schedule your consultation for restorative dental care, get in touch with us today!

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