Cone beam/ 3-D Imaging

CBCT/3-D DENTAL IMAGING SYSTEM

Physicians have relied on Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) for many years. CBCT is a special type of x-ray equipment used to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. It uses many different X-ray images with the help of computers to generate cross-sectional or 3D views of internal organs and structures within the body. A CBCT provide a detailed views of the mouth and skull. The advantage that 3D imaging holds over regular dental x-rays is that the bone structure, bone density, tissues and nerves can be viewed clearly. CBCT scans can be completed in less than half a minute. This means that far less radiation enters the body than if a regular set of bitewing x-rays were taken. The main use for CBCT scans is as an aid to plan dental implant treatment and other oral surgery. Dental implants are the treatment of choice for replacing missing teeth, but have historically proven to be time-consuming to place and at time risky. CBCT scans vastly reduce the time it takes to implant teeth                            

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HOW ARE CBCT SCANS PERFORMED?

CBCT scans are quick and simple to perform. During the scan, the patient stands stationary on a designated area. The cone beam is used to take hundreds of pictures of the face. These pictures are used to compile an exact 3D image of the inside of the face and jaw. The doctor can zoom in on areas of interest and view them from different angles. Patients report the experience is fast, painless and comfortable. Additionally, the scanner provides an open environment, meaning that claustrophobic feelings are eliminated. The CBCT scan is an incredible tool that is minimizing the cost of dental treatment, reducing treatment time and enhancing the end results of dental surgery. If you have questions or concerns about CBCT scans or 3D imaging, please contact our office.

HOW ARE CBCT SCANS USED?

CBCT scans allow the dentist to magnify specific areas of the face. In addition, the dentist can easily view cross-sectional “slices” of the jaw, which aids in identifying the position of nerves and makes planning treatment easier and faster.

Here are some of the main ways in which CBCT scans are used in dentistry:

  • Assess the quality of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
  • Determine where nerves are located.
  • Diagnose tumors and disease in the early stages.
  • Measure the density of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
  • Pinpoint the most effective placement for implants, including the angle of best fit.
  • Plan the complete surgical procedure in advance, from start to finish.
  • Precisely decide on the appropriate size and type of implants.
  • View exact orientation and position of each tooth.
  • View impacted teeth.