Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)

Conventional dental x-rays and clinical evaluations have been used to assist in the diagnosis of implant replacement therapy as well as finding the appropriate location for dental implants. Modern imaging technology introduced the Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) known as CAT scan, CT scan, or Cone Beam imaging allowing computerized 3-D visualization of the actual bone architecture and density. This available technology has reduced the guesswork for implant placement by increasing the precision and predictability of the procedure.

CT Scans can help in:

  • Visualization of internal anatomy that cannot be diagnosed externally
  • Planning implant placement prior to actual therapy
  • Determining bone quality and density as it relates to implant placement
  • Analyzing the position and orientation of clinical structures, such as nerves, teeth roots, previous implants, and sinuses

Cone Beam scanners are much smaller in size and available at the clinicians’ office and are dedicated for head and neck scanning. Regular medical CT scanners are large-sized machines only available at hospitals, and imaging centers.

Cone Beam scanning is safe. The amount of radiation is ten times less than a regular medical CT scanner. It takes 10-40 seconds for scanning compared to a few minutes for a regular scanner. The patient will sit upright in an open chair. An arm will rotate around the head capturing multiple images of the head from different angles. These images are reconstructed to create a 3-D image of the internal anatomy. In less than five minutes, the dentist is able to review the scan with the patient on the computer screen. The dentist can then explore the patient’s health condition and discuss various therapy options immediately.

 

 

 

 

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