Ask Your Dentist: What Does CBCT Mean For Me?
We all know that the postcard you get from your Aunt in Maui won’t compare to the sensation of diving into the crystal-clear waters of Kaanapali Beach on your own. And just like a postcard isn’t the same as having been there yourself, our dental office understands the advantage of getting a true look at your dental health versus looking at a flat, 2D film. As your local dentist in Mission Valley, we take dental exams to the next level with 3D dental technology.
At New Image Dental our team likes to travel, especially when it means exploring your dental health! That is why we’re thrilled to offer revolutionary CBCT dental imaging to capture highly advanced, 3-dimensional images of your mouth and teeth. If you’re ready to learn more about your dental experience with advanced dental technology, read below or come see for yourself by visiting us at New Image Dental, your local dentist in Mission Valley.
What is CBCT Technology?
While Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, CBCT is all about improving your life at your convenience. This unique type of dental X-ray equipment is captures highly comprehensive, 3D images of your mouth, mapping every detail of your oral health including the teeth, bone, soft tissues, and nerve pathways in just one scan. Not only is CBCT comprehensive, but it is far more user-friendly and comfortable for patients than regular dental film.
Tomography commonly uses X-rays or ultrasound to create three-dimensional images of the internal structures of the human body, earth, or similar solid objects. Dentists may use digital tomography with a CBCT scan to capture a 3-D “map” of the facial skeleton and teeth in unparalleled detail and accuracy.
What Are The Benefits of CBCT Imaging?
At your next visit to the dentist, ask us about what we can do to improve your dental experience! When we use CBCT scanning, you may enjoy one or more of the following benefits during your dental exam:
- Uses only a fraction of the radiation of a medical CT scan
- No radiation is left in the body once the scan is complete
- Scans take only 20 seconds on average with images available in seconds
- Scan can be imported into other advanced dental software, such as CEREC
- Comfortable for patients; no claustrophobia and no trigger of the gag reflex
What Does CBCT Look Like?
During a scan with a Cone Beam CT scanner patients are typically standing while what is called a C-arm or gantry completes a rotation around the head in one, complete 360-degree rotation. As it rotates, approximately 150 to 200 high resolution 2-D images are taken and reconstructed to create a single 3-D image, available in seconds on a nearby monitor.
Common Reasons To Use A CBCT Scan
General dentists, restorative dentists and even your cosmetic dentist will use CBCT scans. Ranging from common treatments to specialized procedures, CBCT Imaging is often used for the following reasons:
- Dental implants with implant planning software
- Anatomical mapping before bone grafting
- Oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Localizing impacted teeth, objects or wisdom teeth
- Orthodontics and treatment planning for orthodontic dentistry
- Analysis of the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ
Your Appointment With Advanced Dental Technology
Your CBCT scan offers many benefits and is an excellent way to check for lesions in the mouth and other signs of potential damage, decay or disease. By spotting small signs of dental issues early-on, treating your dental health becomes much simpler (and less costly!) with preventive dentistry and conservative dental care. If you or a loved one are curious to learn more about the role of advanced dental technology in your oral health, give your local dentist a call or visit New Image Denal in Mission Valley.