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Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography
When it comes to dental work, there are times that traditional X-rays cannot see what a dentist is looking for. In these cases, offices rely on dental cone beam tomography, or cone beam CT (CBCT). Classic Smiles is proud to offer this innovative technology for advanced diagnostic and treatment.
What is CBCT?
Abbreviated to CBCT, cone beam computer tomography systems allow dental professionals to digitally “rotate” a patient with an in-depth look at their mouth, jaw, neck, ears, nose, and throat. This 3d image lets us make determinations for treatments such as dental implants, abnormal teeth, cleft palates, cavities, and dental trauma.
Thanks to its intensive nature, CBCT technology provides detailed images of dental structures, soft tissue, nerve paths, and even bone structure in a single scan. This image provides a map for precise treatment planning that a traditional CT scan falls short of.
CBCT is also an effective diagnostic tool as it reveals abnormalities of the jaw, nasal cavities, and sinuses. Even providing these in-depth answers, CBCT has lower radiation exposure than traditional CT scans. Our office can utilize this technology for planning treatment of complex issues such as surgical planning for impacted teeth, diagnosing TMJ, accurate placement of dental implants, evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals, and nasal cavities, diagnosing jaw tumors, determining bone structure and tooth orientation, locating the origins of pain, cephalometric analysis, and even preparation for reconstructive surgery.
What Is Involved?
A CBCT procedure involves no special preparation and is a simple, stress-free diagnostic. Cone beam CT scanners consist of an upright chair or a moveable table that allow patients to comfortably lie down. A beam rotates around the head to create multiple 3D images from different angles which provides us with critical information about your oral and overall craniofacial health.
The benefits of a CBCT image include a single scan that offers a wide scope of angles for a complete oral evaluation, detailed information about a patient’s mouth, a map for comprehensive treatment, and a detailed look at bone and soft tissue. This in-depth look will allow us to make diagnostics, plan treatments, and evaluate for the most minute of conditions. More importantly, CBCT scans let us look for problems before they begin. In this sense, the scan is an extremely useful and beneficial diagnostic tool.
If you are wondering how much information a CBCT scan can offer, let’s just say this procedure can offer a stunning 600 distinct images. This pinpoint technique can zero in on problems you didn’t even know where there, allowing for early diagnostic and treatment. After all, CBCT goes inside of your mouth rather than simply skimming the surface. This detailed information will let us treat your mouth before problems arise instead of doing too little too late.
If you are interested in this next-generation diagnostic technique, contact Classic Smiles and (407) 378-0139 today to begin your journey to optimal oral health. Prevention is always the best cure, and this is especially true when it comes to oral health.