What Is It & Why You Need One
CBCT stands for cone-beam computed tomography. CBCT systems used by dental professionals rotate around you, capturing data using a cone-shaped x-ray.
In less than a minute, about 150-200 images are captured from a variety of angles. The data captured are used to reconstruct a 3D image of your:
⦁ Mouth, jaw, and neck
⦁ Ears, nose, and throat (ENT)
A healthy smile starts with a foundation of healthy bones and gums. Our doctors are dedicated to helping you build and maintain that foundation. CBCT scans are an important part of providing high-quality periodontal care and helping you achieve total dental health.
Why are CBCT scans necessary?
Since a CBCT scan shows all your bones, nerves, and soft tissues in high detail, this allows us to diagnose your health and plan our treatment approach before we even begin a procedure.
Notably, this technology is a key step in planning and performing successful dental implant surgery. CBCT scans help your dentist :
⦁ Provide accurate measurements, including the shape and dimensions of your jaw
⦁ Identify gum issues
⦁ Detect lesions that may indicate serious disease
⦁ Locate the origin of any pain
⦁ Evaluate your sinuses, nasal cavity, and nerve canal
CBCT scans for dental implant treatment:
your soft tissues, bones, and teeth and provide better outcomes.
CBCT scans help our doctors:
⦁ Accurately design the proper bite, reducing the risk of misaligned implants
⦁ Measure and localize the available jawbone, location of the maxillary sinus, and sensory nerves
⦁ Select the right size and length of implant for optimal stability, safety, and integration
What to expect when you get a CBCT scan:
Getting a cone beam CT scan is fast, comfortable, and requires no special preparation. Here’s what you can expect:
⦁ We’ll ask you to remove anything that may interfere with the imaging, including metal objects, such as jewelry, eyeglasses, and hearing aids.
⦁ Women should always inform their dentist or oral surgeon if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
⦁ You will be asked to remain very still during the scan.
⦁ The imaging machine will rotate entirely around your head.
The scan is very quick and in most cases, will take only about 30 seconds!
We’re here to answer all your questions about CBCT scans, dental implants, and taking care of your gums, teeth, and mouth. Our office is equipped with the latest dental technology — including CBCT machine — to deliver the best treatment, outcome, and experience.
Give us a call at 561-429-4645 or contact us today to learn more or schedule a visit.