Here at City Quay Dental Clinic & Implant Centre, we can now offer our patients a Cone Beam CT or CBCT imaging which allows us to take high res 3D scans of the patients mouth and teeth.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography is a medical imaging technique consisting of x-ray computed tomography where the x-rays are divergent, forming a cone.
CBCT has become increasingly important in treatment planning and diagnostics in implant dentistry, ENT, orthopedics and interventional radiology among other things.
Perhaps because of the increased access to such technology, CBCT scanners are now finding many uses in dentistry such as in the fields of oral surgery, endodontics and orthodontics.
During the imaging process, a cone shaped x-ray beam rotates around the patients head, producing up to 200 2D images. Using specialized computer software, these images are then converted into a 3D image which can help us fully diagnose and then treat the problem.
CBCT imaging can be extremely useful in complex cases such as;
- Surgical planning for impacted teeth
- Diagnosing TMJ or other oral disorders
- Dental Implant placement
- Reconstructive surgery planning
- Evaluation of the jaw, sinus, cavities, nerves and nasal cavity
There are several benefits to using CBCT imaging making it the preferred imaging method for many dentists and orthodontists:
- Better idea of whats going on inside your mouth;
By using CBCT imaging, we get accurate measurements and a variety of views and angles, which makes for a more complete evaluation.
- Can image bone and soft tissue at the same time;
Unlike a typical dental xray, CBCT images provide information on your teeth, bones and soft tissue in a single scan.
- Its quick;
The scan typically takes between 20 – 40 seconds for a full mouth xray and less than 10 seconds for a scan of a specific area.
- Bone Quality Assessment;
3D CBCT Scans can used to assess bone quality which is an important part of evaluating the prescence of sufficient bone for implant placement.
- A lower dose of Radiation is used;
There is less radiation used with a CBCT scan than with a regular CT scan.