3D CT Scans

Dr. Richard Leaderman is one of the dental offices across the country using a state-of-the-art CT scanner right in the dental office to diagnose and treat patients. The Cone Beam imaging system scans your head and jaw bones in 3-D, creating sharply detailed computer measurements of head, joints and airways that can be viewed from any angle and even as cross-sections.

3D CAT ScanThis leapfrogs dental imaging far beyond bitewing xrays, where patients traditionally wear lead aprons and hold film in their mouths. Dr. Leaderman uses the CT scanner to diagnose patients, spot disease, and test surgical procedures in 3-D. This helps predict outcomes for technical procedures like cosmetic dentistry, bone grafting and dental implants.

Having a CT scan is easy and comfortable. Patients sitting in its open-air chair find it very different from lying down in hospital CT scanners. Sitting up reveals your natural posture and jaw positioning, and how you hold your jaw and teeth together. And the scan itself is very quick, only 9 seconds.

Sally, are dental assistant will first click an image to make sure that you head is in the right position; the CT scanner will orbit around your head. It takes only 9 seconds, producing a mere two percent (1/50th) of the radiation from a traditional CAT scan.

Dr. Leaderman uses the CT scan as a tool for placing dental implants, and diagnosing temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) problems. The 3-D views can reveal unusual shapes, tooth root shapes and nerve canal locations, plus fractures, changes in bone density, abscesses, cysts and even tumors.