Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) machines are used to create detailed 3D images of the teeth, jaw, and facial structures. This allows effective treatment planning for cases that involve:
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
- Impacted teeth
- Preparing for tooth extractions
- Dental implants
- Bone Grafts
- Evaluation of bone structure and pathology
- Determining the cause of pain
- Detecting and measuring tumors of the jaw
- Reconstructive surgery
- Determining tooth orientation
- Planning root canals
- Identifying problems with existing root canals
- Evaluation of sinus, jaw and nasal cavity issues
- Cosmetic dentistry, including inlays, onlays, crowns, and veneer
3D dental imaging allows us to make a fast and accurate diagnosis almost instantly. This helps us to evaluate your medical needs and craft the best possible treatment plan for you.
Dental Cone Beam CT scanners differ from regular dental X-rays. They use a focused beam of X-rays to produce lots of individual images while the scanner moves in a circle around your head. The scan only takes a few minutes in total to complete. A computer then digitally combines these images to produce a 3D model of your teeth and targeted facial structures.
A Dental Cone Beam CT scanner produces better images and more information than standard X-rays. It also images bone and soft tissue simultaneously. This technology is accurate, precise, painless, and non-invasive. However, it does not provide the same level of detail as a conventional CT scanner for the evaluation of soft tissue. Because of this, a conventional CT scan may need to be ordered to evaluate lymph nodes, muscle, nerves, and glands.
Before the scan, you may be asked to remove any metal objects that may interfere. These may include:
- Hearing aids
- Hair pins, barrettes, and other hair accessories
- Hats with metal parts
- Removable dental appliances or dentures
Our use of the latest technology like 3D imaging illustrates our dedication to giving our patients the best possible care. If you are experiencing dental pain or problems of any kind, give us a call. We will use any tools and technology necessary to get your oral health back on track.