Digital and 3D X-Rays
Using the most advanced technology is just as important as staying up to date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options, we utilize advanced digital X-Ray and imaging technology in our office.
Digital X-Rays provide several advanced imaging options designed to save time and provide clear, precise images with less radiation than traditional X-Ray technology.
WHAT IS A DENTAL CONE BEAM CT?
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a special type of X-ray technology used in situations where regular dental or facial X-rays are not sufficient, or if the patient has a strong gag reflex.
This type of X-ray scanner uses a special technology to generate three-dimensional images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths, and bone in the craniofacial region with minimal radiation in a few seconds — all in a single scan.
Images obtained with CBCT allow for more precise treatment planning. They create a 3D model of your craniofacial and oral structures on the computer for accurate diagnosis and precise treatment planning.
CBCT provides detailed images of the bone and is performed to evaluate diseases of the jaw, dentition, bony structures of the face, nasal cavity, and sinuses.
WHAT ARE SOME COMMON USES OF CBCT IMAGING?
- Dental cone beam CT is commonly used for treatment planning of oral facial complex
- Accurate placement of dental implants
- Surgical planning for impacted teeth
- Diagnostic aid in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)
- Evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals, and nasal cavity
- Detecting, measuring, and treating jaw tumors
- Determining bone structure and tooth orientation
- Locating the origin of pain or pathology
- Cephalometric analysis for orthodontic treatment
- Reconstructive surgery
- Orthognathic surgery
WHAT ARE BENEFITS OF CBCT?
- CBCT has the advantage of lower radiation exposure compared to conventional CT.
- CBCT takes images in a matter of seconds.
- The focused X-ray beam reduces scatter radiation, which results in better image quality.
- A single scan produces a wide variety of views and angles that can be manipulated to provide a more complete evaluation.
- CBCT scans provide more information that conventional dental X-ray, and allow for more precise treatment planning.
- CBCT is painless, noninvasive, and accurate.
- A major advantage of CBCT is its ability to capture bone and soft tissue at the same time.