What to Expect
ADI is committed to providing you with state-of- the-art and safe diagnostic imaging. We understand that patients of all ages, may feel anxious about having a CT scan. We are sensitive to this and are committed to making office visits comfortable and stress-free.
Treating patients is our joy and we love to see all the smiles that visit our office daily. Our courteous and professional team members are ready to provide the compassionate, expert care referring practitioners and patients want and expect. We also understand time is valuable, so we put forth great effort to keep our patient visits quick and on schedule while providing a fast turnaround time in delivering CBCT results to our ordering doctors.
A visit to our office means you will receive the highest quality diagnostic imaging available. It’s also an important step in improving your dental quality of life. Many patients experience missing teeth and poorly fitting dentures which make it difficult to eat the types of foods they want to – it also can be uncomfortable. Jaw joint discomfort can become painful, causing severe headaches and creating often times debilitating conditions. We are dedicated to providing a positive and professional experience for you, whatever your specific condition is.
Why do I need a scan anyway?
If you have been referred to ADI for a CBCT scan, it is because your doctor does not have enough information about your anatomy and cannot complete his/her plan for treatment without it. Diagnostic imaging is critical to determining what lies beneath the skin including: tooth orientation, location of nerve canals, sinus cavity space, boney structures and pathology. ADI scans show the anatomy in 3D which allows doctors to view anatomical features at fractions of a millimeter. This very precise information allows practitioners to perform procedures with greater precision and, as a result, to have more successful treatment outcomes.
What can I expect during my visit?
During your visit, we will review the referral form that was sent by your referring practitioner, and will provide some registration forms for you to complete. If your practitioner gave you an oral appliance (scanning stent), remember to bring it with you to the appointment. Unlike traditional dental x-rays there is no need to bite down on often uncomfortable plastic which can stimulate a gag reflex. Typically nothing is placed in the mouth for a scan. Proper protective measures will be used including a thyroid collar (when appropriate) and always a lead apron. These protect the parts of your body that may otherwise be exposed unnecessarily to scatter radiation. You will be seated upright while the scan is being acquired; the unit will rotate one time around your head. You will not need to lie down or go through a ‘tunnel’ which is typical of a medical CT device.
Are there any precautions to take before the scan?
Dental CT is a very easy diagnostic procedure, and there are no preps or precautions. No fasting is required.
How long will my visit be?
We understand that you have a busy schedule, so when you’re planning for a visit, please remember an appointment can last between 20 and 40 minutes (this includes paperwork that needs to be completed). Scan time is typically less than 40 seconds, although a few minutes will be needed to make sure that you are positioned properly prior to scan acquisition.
What about radiation exposure?
ADI strictly adheres to the protocols set forth by the FDA and the ADA (American Dental Association). By following these protocols, we ensure that radiation levels are As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA). Exposure from CBCT scanning is not the same as that from medical CT. In fact, it is significantly lower.