What is a Dental Cone beam computed tomography?

Dental Cone beam computed tomography is an X-ray machine used in areas where regular dental X-rays are insufficient. Dental Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a cone-shaped X-ray beam that dental professionals rotate around the patient to capture dental images. 

Our cone beam scanner generates images of dental structures like the jaw, mouth, teeth, neck, arch region, sinus, soft tissues, nerve pathways, and facial bones in a single scan. The images obtained enable our dentists to get diagnostic accuracy to formulate a more precise treatment plan.

About Our Cone Beam CT Scan

Our cone beam CT scan is an advanced 4-in-1 digital x-ray imaging system that provides high-quality images with ten times lower radiation than conventional CT scans. We combine image processing and accumulated dental imaging experience while minimizing exposure to areas not in the region of interest. 

Our Cone beam CT scan is a diagnostic tool that provides detailed images of jaw diseases like tumors, bone structure, sinuses, nasal cavity, and nerve canals. Our cone beam improves the health and safety of our patients because it lowers radiation exposure compared to traditional CT.

Cone Beam CT Scan Uses

Cone beam Ct is used by dental practitioners in the treatment of planning of orthodontics and some complex cases like:

  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Accurate, safe placement of dental implants
  • Surgical planning of impacted teeth
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) diagnosis
  • Determining bone structure and tooth orientation.
  • Locating the origin of pain or pathology
  • Detecting, measuring, and treating jaw tumors.
  • Evaluation of the jaw, face, sinuses, nerve canals, and nasal cavity
  • Cleft palate assessment 
  • Diagnosis of dental caries (cavities)
  • Diagnosis of dental trauma

Diagnosis Endodontic (root canal) 

  • Planning cosmetic dentistry and reconstructive procedures on lays, crowns, and veneers, such as inlays.
  • Preparing for tooth extractions.

Benefits of Our Cone Bone CT Scans

  • Ability to take images of the bones and soft tissues simultaneously
  • High-quality imaging
  • The efficiency of the X-ray tube is increased, resulting in better image quality
  • Cone bone CT is noninvasive, painless, and accurate
  • Decreases examination time and better patient education
  • A cone bone CT is small in size than hospital X-ray machines
  • Dental CBCT images provide 3D information as opposed to traditional CT 
  • Radiation doesn’t remain in the body after scanning
  • A single scan produces various angles and views that can be manipulated to provide a complete analysis.

Discover How to Prepare for the Procedure

Women should always inform their practitioner if there is a pregnancy possibility. There is nothing special to do beforehand other than wearing a gown and removing:

  • Hearing aids
  • Eyeglasses
  • Hairpins/clips
  • Jewelry- earrings
  • Dental appliances like dentures

Cone Beam CT Scan Procedure

Our dental practitioner positions you at the center of the beam to capture the area of interest for a 360 rotation or less. A complete volume (full mouth X-ray) takes 25 seconds.

Slager Family Dental Care is committed to providing quality dental care to our patients using cutting-edge 3D technology. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.