March 2nd, 2017
Water Tower Dental Care proudly offers Cone Beam CT, or CBCT imaging, which allows us to take high-res 3-D scans of your mouth and teeth. These 3-D images help us better diagnose problem areas and give us a better view than a normal X-ray would.
But not many people know about all the benefits these compact machines can have.
What is CBCT imaging?
CBCT is a type of X-ray equipment we use when regular x-rays are not sufficient. It can create 3-D images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone, using a single scan.
During the imaging process, a cone-shaped X-ray beam rotates around the patient’s head, producing up to 200 2-D images. Using specialized computer software, these images are then converted into a 3-D image, which can help us fully diagnose, and then treat, the problem.
CBCT imaging can be extremely useful in complex cases such as:
- Surgical planning for impacted teeth
- Diagnosing TMJ or other oral disorders
- Dental implant placement
- Reconstructive surgery planning
- Evaluation of the jaw, sinus cavities, nerves, and nasal cavity
Benefits of CBCT imaging
There are several benefits to using CBCT imaging, making it the preferred imaging method for not only Water Tower Dental Care, but for many dentists and orthodontists:
It gives us a better idea of what’s going on inside your mouth. By using CBCT imaging, we get accurate measurements and a variety of views and angles, which makes for a more complete evaluation.
It can image bone and soft tissue at the same time. Unlike a typical dental x-ray, CBCT images provide information on your teeth, bones, and soft tissue in a single scan.
It’s quick! The scan typically takes between 20 - 40 seconds for a full mouth X-ray, and less than 10 seconds for a scan of a specific area.
It’s generally less expensive than a CT scan. You read that right - CT scans typically cost more money than these more in-depth imaging scans.
A lower dose of radiation is used. There is less radiation used with a CBCT scan than with a regular CT scan.
The machine itself is small. Unlike those scary x-ray machines you may see in your typical doctor’s office, CBCT scanners are actually very compact.
Preparing For CBCT imaging
There is typically little to no preparation needed prior to your examination. You should wear loose, comfortable clothing, and be sure to take off anything that may interfere with the imaging, such as jewelry, eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.
Let your dentist know if you are pregnant prior to having any sort of X-rays.
If you have any questions about CBCT imaging, or about your dental health, please contact us today to make an appointment.