Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a special type of X-ray that creates a 3-D image of a patient’s oral structures, including the teeth, jaws, soft tissues, nerve pathways, and surrounding bone in a single scan. The CBCT machine uses cone-shaped x-ray beams that rotate around the patient’s head to capture multiple images from different angles and combines multiple x-rays into one.
A CBCT scan is more detailed than a regular X-ray, and it can display a wider range of information. This technology is used to diagnose a wide range of oral health problems, including cysts, tumors, impacted teeth, and TMJ disorders. The 3D images produced by a cone beam scanner allow us to evaluate the size, shape, and structure of your teeth, as well as the surrounding bone and soft tissues. Cone beam technology can be used to diagnose gum disease, infections, impacted teeth, and more.
Cone beam CT machines are used to scan patients for a range of potential issues, such as:
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)
- Dental implant surgery
- Jaw misalignment
- Cancer screening
- Sinus infections
- Jawbone injuries
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Root canal disease
- Impacted teeth
- Jawbone fractures
What Are The Advantages of Cone-beam Dentistry?
A CBCT scan uses less radiation than other types of X-rays, and it works very fast. The scan will take just a few minutes. The images from a CBCT scan are more detailed and easier to interpret. CBCT scans provide 360-degree views of the jaw and teeth, allowing dentists to see every possible angle. This eliminates any guesswork for dentists, allowing them to treat patients more effectively. A dentist can use a CBCT scan to identify dental problems, plan treatment for those problems, and to map out a patient’s oral structures. Unlike a traditional two-dimensional image, a CBCT scan accurately displays the complete structure of your mouth.
It’s also helpful for patients who want more information on their oral health and treatment options. Patients can see for themselves what they need to do to improve their oral health.
How Does CBCT Work?
Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) uses a cylindrical X-ray beam to scan the entire body. Because it uses X-ray radiation, patients must be scanned in an enclosed machine. The scanner is shaped like a large donut, with the patient in the center. The patient is scanned while standing up, which minimizes the physical stress of lying in a narrow tube for a prolonged period of time.
CBCT scans have incredible applications in a variety of dental specialties, including orthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, and implant dentistry.
At Wade K. Marler, D.D.S, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (253) 852-0480 or visit us at 17203 SE 270th Pl, Covington, WA 98042.