Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a specialized type of dental imaging that provides a single 3-D image of the bones, soft tissues, blood vessels, and nerve pathways. During a CBCT scan, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the head in order to obtain about 150-200 high resolution 2-D images at various angles that are then compiled into a single 3-D image. The final image can then be used for diagnostic or treatment planning purposes.
Did You Know?
CBCT scans provide more information than a simple dental x-ray. Dental x-rays only provide information about the bones, while CBCT scans show soft tissue structures as well. This allows for more precise measurements and treatment planning.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a CBCT scan?
You may need a CBCT scan if you are planning to have a tooth extraction and/or full mouth reconstruction. CBCT scans are also a part of our digital denture and implant process. In fact, our digital dentures and implants are all designed by using the information provided by a CBCT scan. For more information, contact us today.
What can I expect during a CBCT scan?
During a CBCT scan, you can expect to remove any metal objects around your face including jewelry, glasses, hair accessories, or hearing aids. You will then be asked to sit or stand underneath the CBCT machine with your chin resting on a designated area. Oftentimes, your dentist will use two plastic pieces to gently hold your head in a certain position to limit movement during the scan. You will then need to remain still as the x-ray arm moves around your head. In most cases, a full mouth CBCT scan can be completed in as little as 20-40 seconds. You should feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure.
What can I expect after a CBCT scan?
After your CBCT scan is complete, your dentist will discuss their findings with you. They may also use your scans in order to create a treatment plan for an extraction or full mouth reconstruction. In the case that you are having a denture or dental implant placed, then these scans will be used to start the fabrication process. After a CBCT scan, you can return to your normal routine.