Dentascan is a 3D scan which uses advanced software to construct unique 3D pictures of your jaw and surrounding tissues. This is useful to assess the position of impacted teeth, or plan dental implants, as accurate and precise measurements can be made from Dentascan images.
How do I prepare?
- There is no preparation required for a Dentascan.
- You will be asked to remove any jewellery or metal items from your head and neck area including hair accessories, dentures and plates.
- You will not be able to have this scan if you are pregnant.
Technology and Team
Each of our practices use different equipment. Your Dentascan will be conducted by an experienced Radiographer.
A Radiographer (or Medical Imaging Technologist) is a university trained health professional who operates medical imaging equipment such as CT, X-ray and MRI scanners.
Radiographers work closely with Radiologists to ensure the best image is taken to assist with clinical diagnosis and to monitor or treat a patients illness or injury. Radiographers have a thorough understanding of the body’s structure, how it is affected by injury, and the causes and effects of disease.
What happens during my examination
A Dentascan is performed on a CT scanner. Special Dentascan software is attached to the CT and ensures low radiation dose and to enable the Radiographer to reconstruct your scan into a 3D image.
It is important that you follow any instructions closely, and that you hold still. Occasionally an X-ray or Dentascan may need to be repeated if the position is not exact, or if there is some movement during the scan.
Your dentist or specialist may sometimes provide you with a special plate you will need to bite down on during the scan. Alternatively, you may need to bite onto a paddle pop stick to separate you top and bottom teeth.
The table will move your head into the machine for the scan, and will then slide back out once the scan is complete.
The scan will last approximately 10 minutes.
After your examination
The results of your Dentascan will be sent directly to your referring Doctor and we encourage you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results with them.
The cost of your Dentascan will depend on the reason for your scan. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.