Mass General Imaging provides dental CT (computed tomography) services in Chelsea and Waltham to help dentists and oral surgeons prepare for procedures.
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A dental CT (computed tomography) uses special software to produce 3D images of the mouth. It creates life-like spacial views of the mouth that help determine if someone is a candidate for an implant. It also give surgeons information about the anatomy of a patient's mouth to help with the surgery.
Traditional panoramic X-rays can show the height and contour of the jaw bone, but they give no indication of the bone width and density and may distort the location of the alveolar nerve. With 3D images, a surgeon knows the amount of bone a patient has, the distance to the alveolar nerve and the exact angles to situate the implant.
A dental CT can also help show nerve location before a wisdom tooth extraction.
Use these patient resources to learn more about getting a dental CT at Mass General. You can contact us if you have any questions.