Dental CT Scans Can Show Blockages in the Arteries of Your Neck!
A large percentage of patients that receive dental implants have a dental CT scan. This scan is different from a medical CT in the sense that has much less radiation and it only images the head and neck. Dental professionals use these scans to evaluate bone levels, pathology, virtually plan implant placement, and many other applications. However, these scans also provide us with other incidental but important information.
CT Scan Findings
One such finding is the presence of calcifications (build ups of calcified plaque) of the main arteries in the neck (carotid artery). These calcifications have been linked to increased risk for atherosclerosis, stroke, brain atrophy, and compromised circulation in both ...