What is a CT Scan? A CT scan, also known as CAT scan or Computerized Axial Tomography scan, is a procedure that combines hundreds of x-ray images to create 3D cross-sectional views of your body. This allows doctors to see structures such as bone, soft tissues, and blood vessels at many different angles for better diagnosis and treatment plans. Occasionally, dentists will need to take a CT scan of a patient&rsquo;s mouth. Performing a dental CT is very simple and completely painless. The patient sits stationary in a designated seat while the imaging system takes several pictures of your face in a matter of seconds. At Dentalways, we use the Galileos 3D CT Scanner, which provides one of the fastest scans on the market. This scan only emits a very low dose of radiation that is less than that of a standard set of full mouth dental x-rays. This advanced technology paired with our lab trained by the prestigious Las Vegas Institute allows us to offer our patients the best possible care. Why would I need a CT scan at the dentist? CT scans can be especially helpful to dentists in planning procedures like dental implants, as they provide views of bone structure, bone density, tissues and nerves that can&rsquo;t be seen with traditional dental x-rays. 3D imaging can assist with assessing the quality of the jawbone, determining the best spot to place the implant and the appropriate size and type of implant needed. Dental implants done via traditional placement techniques are typically time-consuming to complete. With CT scans the entire surgical procedure can be planned out and practiced in advance, reducing the amount of time the patient is in the clinic and improving their overall results. How will I benefit from CT-guided implant placement? At Dentalways we always use the CT-guided implant placement procedure because it provides several benefits to the patient. These include: minimally invasive surgical techniques reduced treatment and recovery time minimized complications more successful placement and enhanced end results Using CT scans for guidance is the best option for dental implant placement. If you need more information about dental implant procedures or would like to set up a consultation, give us a call at 501-753-7366 or fill out our Contact Form today.