Cone Beam Computed Tomography (3-D CBCT Scans) is the most state-of-the-art digital dental x-ray technology used in dentistry today. And we offer it right here at Peace Haven Family Dentistry!
CBCT scans produce very accurate, high quality three-dimensional (3-D) images of a specific area when compared to conventional CT scans. This type of digital X-ray is used when more detailed images are necessary. The CBCT images allow for more precise treatment and surgical planning.
3-D CBCT Scans are commonly used to identify and assist in the following dental issues:
- Pre-surgical identification of impacted teeth
- Accurate dental implant placement
- Diagnose temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
- Evaluate jaw, sinuses, nasal cavity, and nerve canals
- Verify tooth orientation and bone structure
- Detect, measure, and treat jaw tumors
- Locate the origin of pain or pathology (vertical root fractures, dental abscesses)
- Pinpoint small canals when performing root canal therapy
How 3-D CBCT Scans Work
CBCT scans are a specialized type of X-ray imaging used when regular dental X-rays or other imaging are not sufficient. CBCT scans produce very accurate, high quality three-dimensional (3-D) images of a smaller area than conventional CT scans. CBCT scans are being used more frequently by many dental professionals.
You’ll be asked to remain very still during your CBCT scan. As the X-ray beam moves around you, it creates a large number of high-quality images at different angles. These images are then reconstructed to create a single 3-D image. CBCT scans allow the visualization of the outside of your teeth and bones, but also from within your teeth and from every angle.
As with any other X-ray, the procedure is quick, non-invasive, and pain free. You will be able to return to your normal activities once the CBCT scan is complete.
3-D CBCT Scans for Dental Implants
At Peace Haven Family Dentistry, we use CBCT technology for optimal determination of any oral conditions and proper evaluation for dental implant placement. With CBCT technology, your dentist can evaluate the precise location of your sinuses and nerves, and determine your exact bone quality. In addition, a CBCT scan can help your dentist create a surgical guide to ensure the ideal placement of your dental implants.
Are CBCT Scans Safe?
CBCT scans are very safe, and expose you to less radiation than conventional CT scans. Your Peace Haven dentist will have you use protective gear, such as a lead apron, to prevent any unnecessary exposure to X-rays. Please inform your dentist if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
Metal objects including jewelry, eyeglasses, hairpins, and dentures may affect the CBCT scans. If you are wearing these or any similar items, please remove them prior to your imaging. You may also be asked to remove any hearing aids. You may be asked to remove any other body piercings, if possible.