Dental CAT Scan

Compassionate Endodontists New York/NYC

Endodontics located in New York, NY

A dental CAT scan gives an accurate image of the inner workings of your teeth and jaw, which helps diagnose and treat complex dental issues. At Compassionate Endodontics New York/NYC, Steven D. Kaplan, DMD, uses this advanced imaging to get you the best dental care possible. Call the office in the Midtown West area of New York or use the online tool to schedule your consultation and find out how a dental CAT scan can improve your treatment outcomes.

Dental CAT Scan Q & A

What is a dental CAT scan?

A dental CAT scan, or CT scan, uses specialized technology to create 3D images of your mouth. This provides Dr. Kaplan with valuable information about your mouth’s anatomy. It shows all of your dental structures, soft tissues, nerve pathways, and bone.

A traditional X-ray can tell your doctor about the height and contour of your jaw bone, but it doesn’t help when he needs to know more about your bone’s width and density. A dental CAT scan tells Dr. Kaplan exactly how much bone you have and the location of your alveolar nerve.

Why would I need a dental CAT scan?

Dr. Kaplan orders a dental CAT scan in several different cases. A CAT scan improves precision if you are getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth and may need bone grafting.

If you’ve had a complication with a root canal or if your doctor suspects you need a root canal treatment, he recommends a CT scan to give him information to provide you with the best treatment.

Patients who may have sleep apnea, trouble sleeping, or snore also benefit from a dental CAT scan.

Dr. Kaplan may recommend a dental CAT scan before your wisdom tooth removal to locate nerves and avoid complications.

What information do you get from a dental CAT scan?

A dental CAT helps Dr. Kaplan understand the exact shape and dimensions, which is essential to dental implant placement. A dental CAT scan gives information about the source of any infection and what treatments can help heal it.

A dental CAT scan is also used to diagnose abnormal lesions that may be associated with bone cancer, cysts, or tumors.

What happens during a dental CAT scan?

When you come for a dental CAT scan, wear loose-fitting clothes without zippers or other metal. You can’t have friends, family, or children with you during your scan. If Dr. Kaplan gave you an appliance to wear during your scan, ensure you bring it with you. 

You place your head in the device and place your chin on the chin rest. The device moves around your head in a 360-degree rotation to capture multiple images from different angles. The whole procedure lasts less than 15 minutes.

If you need a dental CAT scan, call the Midtown West office of Compassionate Endodontics New York/NYC today or use the online tool to schedule a visit.