Our office continually strives to provide the best diagnostic imaging tools to aid in our clinical examinations. With that being said, our office has recently invested in a CBCT Scanner.
A CT Scan will now be included in your routine cleaning and examination, in lieu of a traditional panoramic scan. This scan will produce a 3-D image of your teeth, soft tissue, nerve pathways, and bone.
With the addition of the CBCT Scanner in our office, it has helped us evaluate conditions and pathology beyond what a normal dental x-ray can provide. Since being trained in implantology, this software also aids in planning implant cases in three dimensions.
Similar to having blood work completed at your physician’s office, that is sent to a lab to be read by a specialist, the CT scan will be sent to an Oral Maxillofacial Radiologist (OMFR). This specialist will provide a report detailing their findings and possible conditions in the head, neck, and jaw.
Our office strongly urges every patient to have their CT Scan read by an OMFR. In the past, the OMFR has diagnosed various conditions from polyps, to obstructions in the sinus wall, to cysts, and even teeth in need of dental work.
While this technology, and scan, is gradually becoming more common in general dental practices’, a very small percentage have it available in office. Unfortunately, insurance does not cover the additional diagnostic step.
Since we very strongly believe that the radiology report is vital in providing an accurate baseline of your oral health, it is important for our office to keep costs as low as we can. These scans typically vary in cost from $250.00 – 450.00, not including the report from the OMFR. The cost of the radiology report will be kept low at $187.00