Dental CT Scan Specialist

Westborough Dental Care

Kristina Zoulas, D.D.S.

Dentist located in South San Francisco, CA

Dr. Kristina Zoulas and the staff of Westborough Dental Care offer dental CT scans to provide their patients with the most comprehensive dental care possible. A Dental CT Scan creates a 3 dimensional image of the teeth and jaws to better diagnose and treat a number of dental conditions. The doctor serves California residents who live in the South San Francisco area, as well as those who live in the surrounding communities.

Dental CT Scan Q & A

What is a dental CT scan?

Also known as a "cone beam" scan, a dental computed tomography scan is much like a CT scan that is used on other areas of the body. It goes above and beyond what a normal X-ray can provide offering three-dimensional scans of jaw, teeth, and gums. It offers valuable information concerning soft tissue and bone placement, as well as being able to produce accurate three-dimensional imagery that provides an abundance of information the doctor requires to be able to successfully perform certain types of dental, orthodontic, and periodontal procedures. CT scans are used when the doctor requires information that can't be found in other ways.

Why is 3D imaging important when it comes to dental procedures?

Three-dimensional imaging offers valuable information concerning the placement of certain structures within the mouth. When performing certain types of procedures, it's extremely important to know where certain nerves and soft tissues are located. This can prevent nerve damage that may result in permanent numbness or lack of any physical sensation. The CT scan offers an accurate view of the entire structure of the mouth including the muscles, bones, connective tissues, sinuses, teeth, and other soft tissues. By having this information, Dr. Zoulas can correct abnormalities and help restore proper form to the face and mouth.

Are CT scans safe?

CT scans are safe and extremely effective when it comes to providing accurate information to dentists. CT scans are powerful tools that do contain risks. Much like x-rays, CT scans are only used when they're needed. They're not designed to be used frequently. The structures of the body don't change without the influence of an illness or injury, so frequent use of the CT technology is unnecessary. Doctors normally only use a dental CT scan when the information they need can't be found on a conventional x-ray or through the physical dental examination.

What is a Sirona - CBCT three-dimensional imaging system?

The Sirona imaging software system allows dentists to produce a high resolution, panoramic image of the patient's mouth and all of the structures it contains. By producing three-dimensional images of the jaw, teeth, and gums, the machine allows the dentist to have an accurate visual image of the nerves, teeth, gums, blood vessels, soft tissues, and bone. The doctor can use the image to correct structural abnormalities that can lead to obstructive sleep apnea, problems with speech, difficulty chewing, or the alignment of the teeth. The images are also beneficial when used during procedures. They can easily identify nerves and blood vessels, allowing Dr. Zoulas to work around them without causing any damage.

What is a Sirona - CBCT three-dimensional imaging system?

The Sirona imaging software system allows dentists to produce a high resolution, panoramic image of the patient's mouth and all of the structures it contains. By producing three-dimensional images of the jaw, teeth, and gums, the machine allows the dentist to have an accurate visual image of the nerves, teeth, gums, blood vessels, soft tissues, and bone. The doctor can use the image to correct structural abnormalities that can lead to obstructive sleep apnea, problems with speech, difficulty chewing, or the alignment of the teeth. The images are also beneficial when used during procedures. They can easily identify nerves and blood vessels, allowing Dr. Zoulas to work around them without causing any damage.

When is the Sirona system recommended?

The Sirona system is recommended anytime a three-dimensional image is needed to protect the structural integrity of the patient's mouth or to accurately diagnose the source of a problem that is causing issues with the alignment of the teeth or the jaw. The system has also proven to be particularly effective in terms of diagnosing and treating complications that may occur with obstructive sleep apnea. Controlling the tongue during sleep or the shifting of the jaw so that it blocks the airway are possible problems that can be identified by using the Sirona system. Dr. Zoulas will receive a three-dimensional image that allows her to identify both structural problems and problems with the teeth themselves.