A CAT scan (Computerized Axial Tomography), also commonly referred to as a CT scan, produces enhanced, three-dimensional, cross-sectional imaging for accurate medical and dental diagnoses. By developing a series of images, CT scans allows a precise, multi-dimensional view of the craniofacial structures—including the teeth, jaw, nerve pathways and soft tissues—from inside of the body, and ultimately assist in a more enhanced understanding of oral-anatomical relationships than traditional radiographs (X-rays) or diagnostic methods.
The Cone Beam CT Scan (CBCT scan) is the latest type of CT scan, requiring even lower doses of radiation than conventional medical CT scanners. CBCT scans are so detailed that they can provide information on potential problem areas that are less than a millimeter in width.
With our very own in-house CBCT scanner, Distinctive Dentistry has access to this precise, analytical information and can offer enhanced diagnoses and treatment options.
A CT scan is a helpful diagnostic and treatment planning tool for cases involving:
- Evaluating the teeth, jaw, nerves and soft tissues;
- Accurately planning placement of dental implants;
- Locating nerve proximity to impacted teeth and sinus tissue;
- Designing prostheses such as crowns, bridges, and dentures so that they fit more precisely in relationship to the existing teeth and bite;
- Identifying tiny accessory canals that are not detected by conventional radiographs (X-rays);
- Assessing bone loss that may be related to receding gum levels.
- Diagnosing TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
Make an appointment with Distinctive Dentistry to find out how you can benefit from our latest technology—and get the best care for your best smile! Call us at (253) 259-2745.
Dr. Keith Phillips has years of expertise in the use of CT scans, and the Distinctive Dentistry staff regularly attend trainings to be on the cutting–edge of new technology.
At Distinctive Dentistry, we also offer sedation dentistry for patients who may be anxious during dental treatments.
Dr. Keith Phillips is former Director of Graduate Prosthodontics at the University of Washington, and currently an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Southern California. He lectures both nationally and internationally and has been published extensively in textbooks and professional journals. Dr. Phillips is a former Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Dental Association.
Distinctive Dentistry serves patients in the greater Tacoma area, including Gig Harbor, Federal Way, and Puyallup. Our office and parking lot are conveniently located near the I-5 freeway and Costco Business, at 5615 Valley Ave. E., Tacoma, WA 98424.