Dental CT Scanning Technology Identifies Multiple Medical Issues

People speak loosely of “the cutting edge” but how do we determine the sharpest blades in any professional venue?  Certainly it cannot simply be self-proclaimed.  It must be earned by an aggressive effort to consistently contribute to the well-being of society, bringing ease to difficult paths in ways that are innovative and scientifically pristine. In the dental profession, CT scanning technology has brought many specialty practices to the cutting edge.  

From the standpoint of predictability, CT scanning enhances dental implant protocols, oral surgery, root canal therapy and orthodontic treatment, honing in on ultimate precision.  Because it accomplishes its tasks with reduced levels of radiation, it is also safer and more affordable for the patient.

CT Scanning Technology

CT scanning simplifies surgical planning, providing the clinician or the radiologist with an opportunity to diagnose both dental and non-dental pathology within the area of the scan.  Studies prove that CT technology more accurately depicts bone height, width, and important anatomic structures than traditional two-dimensional x-rays.

In a Pi Dental Center research analysis, a board certified oral-maxillofacial radiologist evaluated 261 consecutive patient scans.  Ninety-five percent (248 0f 261) of these scans indicated non-dental pathology and seventy-eight percent were diagnosed with multiple pathologies.  Problems found ranged from the relatively innocuous chronic sinusitis to potentially more serious findings such as intracranial calcifications, multiple myeloma, soft tissue masses and proptosis.  A list of 28 different diagnosed non-dental pathologies discovered in the study is found below.


Chronic sinusitis
Mucous retention pseudocyst in sinus
Narrowing of the osteomeatal complex
Antral polyposis
Pneumatization of sinus
Nasoseptal deviation
Concha Bullosa
Osteoarthritis of the TMJ
Remodeling of TMJ
Internal Derangement of the TMJ
Calcification of carotid arteries
Intracranial Calcification
Airway narrowing
Adenoidal hyperplasia
Vallecula fullness
Maxillary Hypoplasia
Degenerative cervical spine
Herniation of an intervertebral disc
Frontal Bossing
Soft Tissue Mass
Idiopathic Osteosclerosis
Florid Osseous Dysplasia
Multiple Myeloma


The Pi in our logo designates our full name, Prosthodontics Intermedica, and our mission to treat the whole patient and not just the smile.  The use of CT scans has helped us fulfill that mission and to direct those patients facing jeopardy into the hands of specialists who can provide the most skilled solutions.

Link to learn more about CT Scanning Technology

Link to Article: Prevalence of Non-Dental Pathology in Cone Beam Computed Tomography Studies for Dental Implants by Balshi TJ, DDS, PhD, FACP, Wolfinger GJ, DMD, FACP, Wulc BA, Balshi SF, MBE


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  3. Josh says

    Cone Beam CT Scans have helped Dr. Brown with his patients for the last several years. The option to have the scans reviewed by a pathologist have not only detected cancerous cells but more than likely saved lives! Please feel free to go to our website at Dental Implants. Look forward to hearing from you!

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  5. CT Dent says

    Very informative !!Dental ct scan gives the accurate results to diagnose the problem earlier and treat it before it gets worse.

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