3D CT Cone Beam
3D dental imaging (also known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography, or CBCT) allows us to see more anatomy, and with more clarity than traditional film-based dental x-rays.
What is 3D CT Imaging?
Traditional x-rays use controlled exposure to radiation waves to capture two dimensional images of small areas of the body. For dentists, these x-rays allow us to see specific sections of the smile. 3D computed tomography (CT) scans capture clearer images of the way oral and facial structures function as a whole. Think about the difference between looking at a flat image of one side of a tooth versus being able rotate a 3D image of a damaged tooth to see every facet. CT scans allow us to do just that, and not only for individual teeth, we can see every aspect of the full smile.
Why do We Use 3D CT Imaging?
We may recommend 3D CT scans to improve the dental care process for patients in a variety of situations, including:
- Diagnosis and treatment planning for patients suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
- To create surgical guides for the placement of dental implants and the attachment of replacement teeth
- To plan for oral surgery like tooth extractions
- To ensure safety and efficacy of root canal therapy
How does 3D CT Scanning Improve Dental Care?
Like other advanced dentistry technologies, 3D CT scans improve the patient experience in our office in a number of ways, including:
- Patients are able to see the 3D images of their smile on the chairside computer monitors to better understand areas for concern and possible treatment options
- We can highlight or zoom in on specific areas to offer patients better perspective on their oral health concerns
- The digital files are instantly transferrable to dental labs, insurance providers, and specialists as necessary to accelerate the treatment process
- Digital files are easily stored, reassessed, and compared with other x-rays to improve the success and efficacy of dental treatments