Cone-beam computed tomography is a medical imaging technique used in planning the treatment and diagnosis in implant dentistry, ENT, orthopedics, and interventional radiology. CBCT gives detailed diagnostic images that are essential in many dental procedures. It reduces the need for any invasive procedures, deducing the time used for treatment, and offering a better outcome.
How does CBCT work?
CBCT scanner uses a rotating imaging device that moves around the head of the patient. This scanner records about 150-600 different X-ray views in under a minute. A powerful computer helps in providing processed information about the area to be studied, along with a model of it created virtually. As soon as it gets done, the 3D model image appears on a computer screen. The dentist can examine it in detail by rotating from side to side or up and down. During all this while, the patient won’t feel any discomfort or pain.
What is the use of CBCT?
CBCT can be used in the following cases:
- To have a piece of accurate information about the teeth and jaw positioning, also determining the right orthodontic treatment for it.
- The images acquired from CBCT can help in knowing the exact location for the titanium implants. In this way, it is easy to avoid the sinuses, nerves, or low bone density areas.
- People who suffer from TMJ disease or orthognathic jaw surgery can get their anatomy quickly evaluated with its 3D perspective.
- Every fine detail shown in the scan is essential for the treatment of tumors or impacted teeth.
- It can provide a more precise visualization of the tooth for the dentist while performing complicated procedures such as complex root canals.
- The more unobstructed view and diagnosis can help in the treatment of any dangerous situation with early prediction.
Find out more about CBCT as you visit our office. Call Boger Family Dental today at 408.286.3229 or request an appointment online.