In the past, dental disease and lesions involving the jaw were either evaluated by plain radiography or tomography. The advent of spiral computed tomography (CT) and Dentascan is changing the imaging trend. It is now not only used for pre-implant assessment but also in the diagnosis of lesions affecting the jaw.

A Dentascan is a special CT scan taken of your facial bones and jaw. The main use of the exam is to determine your ability to have certain types of dental implants or other procedures. Also, dentascans are used to determine the effects of osteoporosis on your teeth and jaw bones.

Dentascan Available at following locations:

  • Atulaya Healthcare, Chandigarh
  • Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh
  • Atulaya Healthcare, Jammu


For adults, a dentascan can:

  • Show areas of decay that your dentist may not be able to see with just a visual examination, such as tiny pits of decay that might occur between teeth.
  • Find decay that is developing underneath existing fillings
  • Find cracks or other damage in an existing filling
  • Alert the dentist to possible bone loss associated with periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Reveal problems in the root canal, such as infection or death of the nerve.
  • Help your dentist plan, prepare and place tooth implants, orthodontic treatments, dentures or other dental work.
  • Reveal other abnormalities such as cysts, cancer and changes associated with metabolic and systemic diseases.

The examination is very simple and painless, and can easily be performed in a matter of minutes.

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing without metal snaps or zippers, such as a cotton sweatshirt. You might be asked to change into a gown.
  • Do not wear any makeup or jewellery.
  • Remove dentures, wigs, hairpins and hearing aids.
  • Please notify us if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Patients who are allergic to iodine and shellfish should be medicated prior to the exam.

The entire examination typically lasts 15 minutes. Upon entering our centre, a technologist will position you on the scanning table. The table will then automatically move into place for imaging. You will be asked to remain as still as possible during the actual imaging process because movement can blur the final images. However, slight movement is allowed between sequences.

When the exam is complete, you may be asked to wait until the images are reviewed to make sure that no additional imaging is necessary. After this, a radiologist who specializes in a specific area of the body will review the images from your exam. The radiologist will prepare a detailed report to share with your doctor.