Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient.
A CBCT scan produces a 3D image of your teeth and bone and it shows cross sectional images.
It is a smaller, faster and safer version of the usual CT scanner. The scanning time is significantly reduced and the dose of radiation is also much smaller.
The machine rotates around your head similar to the old Panoramic dental unit which is often used in dental premises and hospital settings.
Why should I have a dental CBCT?
3D technology is becoming increasingly well established in dental practices around the world. For more precise diagnoses and explanations of treatment, 3D X-rays offers a number of advantages. Whether for superimposed teeth, unexpected nerve canal paths, hidden roots, or temporomandibular joint anomalies, 3D images are of inestimable value for a large number of diagnoses.
What are the benefits of CBCT?
• The focused x-ray beam reduces scatter radiation, resulting in better image quality.
• A single scan produces a wide variety of views and angles that can be manipulated to provide a more complete evaluation.
• Cone beam CT scans provide more information that conventional dental x-ray, allowing for more precise treatment planning.
• CT scanning is painless, noninvasive and accurate.
• A major advantage of CT is its ability to image bone and soft tissue at the same time.
No radiation remains in a patient’s body after a CT examination.