CT Scan Specialist

Jesse C Engle, DMD -  - Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

Presidio Dental

Jesse C Engle, DMD

Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry located in Tucson, AZ

Thanks to modern diagnostic imaging technologies, it’s possible to detect potentially serious oral health problems before they get worse or cause other health problems. At Presidio Dental in Tucson, Arizona, Jesse C. Engle, DMD, and the team proudly offer patients access to a variety of cutting-edge tools including dental cone beam computed tomography (CT), digital X-rays, and more. To book your appointment, call the office or click the online scheduling tool today.

CT Scan

What is dental cone beam computed tomography?

Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a special type of X-ray equipment to create three-dimensional images of your teeth, bones, nerve pathways, and gums. Cone beam CT is more comprehensive than traditional oral X-rays and requires almost no preparation. In addition, the process is quick, painless, and provides the Presidio Dental team with key insights about your oral health and well-being. 

Why would I need a cone beam CT?

The team at Presidio Dental typically uses cone beam CT to assist in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles®. However, it’s also used to:

  • Help place dental implants
  • Evaluate your jaw and sinuses
  • Pinpoint the source of pain
  • Detect jaw tumors

Your dentist might also recommend a cone beam CT if you plan on undergoing reconstructive oral surgery. 

How do I prepare for a cone beam CT?

A cone beam CT requires little to no additional preparation. However, prior to taking your X-rays, the Presidio Dental team may ask you to remove any pieces of jewelry, including earrings, your watch, eyeglasses, or rings. If you’re a woman who is pregnant or you’re trying to get pregnant, you should let your dentist know. The amount of radiation used in cone-beam CT is safe and well-tolerated but isn’t recommended for everyone. 

What other types of diagnostic technologies do you offer?

The team at Presidio Dental offers an array of cutting-edge diagnostic technologies, including:

Digital X-rays

Digital X-rays use a series of radiosensitive plates used to produce digital images of your teeth, gums, and jaw. These images are uploaded into a computer system, allowing your dentist to view them instantly. 

Intraoral cameras

An intraoral camera is a diagnostic tool that looks like an oversized pen or toothbrush. On the end of the device is a tiny digital camera capable of taking pictures of your gums and teeth. Intraoral cameras allow your dentist to see the interior of your oral structures in real-time and help detect cavities. They’re also used during dental restoration procedures. 

Laser cavity detection

Laser cavity detection is just that: a laser tool that enables the Presidio Dental team to detect a decaying tooth. Laser cavity detection can alert you to problems early on before they cause pain or permanently damage your tooth. 

To access these state-of-the-art tools, partner with the team at Presidio Dental. Call the office or click the online scheduling tool and book your appointment today.