Why Use Cone Beam CT Scan?Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, 7:54 pm
Have you ever had a “cat” scan? Cone-beam computed tomography systems (CBCT) are a variation of traditional computed tomography (CAT scan)systems that we are familiar with.
These amazing machines provide dentists with a fast, non-invasive way of diagnosing dental problems. Regular dental x-rays show a 2 dimensional representation of the teeth and surrounding tissues – this is great for some purposes. A Cone Beam CT scan shows us a three-dimensional image of the patient’s teeth, mouth, jaw, neck and throat. Not only can we see cavities and abscesses, like a regular x-ray, but we can see soft tissues and nerves as well. All this with one scan!
Cone Beam CT scans are a wonderful way of assessing problems with the teeth and mouth and for planning treatments like:
- surgical planning for impacted wisdom teeth.
- diagnosing temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).
- accurate placement of dental implants.
- 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.
For patients, receiving a Cone Beam CT scan is quick and easy. The device simply rotates around your head and the data is rendered into a full color 3-D representation. The dentist is able to manipulate the image to see it from many different angles making diagnosis and treatment easier. Because the beam is very focused and only one scan can give so much information the amount of radiation exposure is minimal.
Find out more about cutting edge dental technology by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777.
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