If you are looking to get a complex dental procedure, more than likely you will encounter a dental cone-beam CT scan or CBCT. The device will be used to provide your dental professional with the needed information before any procedures.
Even though most people have concerns about radiation from an x-ray apparatus, radiation doses from a CBCT are lower than traditional x-ray equipment. Also, dental CBCT is the standard of care for most implant-related procedures.
What is Dental Cone Beam CT Scan?
A cone-beam computer Tomography Scan is a system used by dental professionals that incorporates a variation of the traditional CT systems. This device is considered to be a special x-ray machine. Typically, a cone-beam CT scan is utilized when regular dental x-rays do not provide sufficient data.
Essentially, this particular system rotates around a patient’s head to capture data using a cone-shaped x-ray beam. Unlike traditional x-rays, a dental professional can use the data to reconstruct a three-dimensional (3D) image of a patient’s teeth, nerve pathways, soft tissues, and bone.
Since a cone-beam CT scan provides x-ray imaging, a dental professional has a quick way to answer many clinical questions that may come up during a typical visit.
Essentially, the captured data may assist with dental diagnosis and treatment planning of endodontic problems. Not only that, but a cone-beam CT scan is also useful for the evaluation of complicated cases. Such complex cases include:
- Reconstructive surgery
- Impacted teeth surgical preparation
- Pinpoint dental discomfort
- Dental implants placement
- Ceph analysis
- Evaluating the nerve canals, jaw, nasal cavity, and sinuses
- Detect, measure and treat jaw tumors
- Determine tooth position and dental bone structure (bone grafting)
- TMJ disorder diagnosis
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