What is CBCT?

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CBCT stands for Cone Beam Computed Tomography.  It is a technology used to take three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, maxillary sinus, nerve pathways, and bone in the maxillofacial region with a single scan.  The CBCT system rotates around the patient in approximately 30 seconds, capturing data using a cone-shaped x-ray beam.

Dental cone beam computed tomography is used when regular two dimensional dental x-rays are not sufficient.  With CBCT, clinicians can get highly detailed 3-D views of the facial region with lower radiation exposure than a conventional CT scan. This may help with the diagnosis, treatment planning and evaluation of certain conditions.

Oral surgeons commonly utilize this technology to assess the following treatment options:

  • Accurate placement of dental implants and tooth orientation
  • Calculating the size and shape of dental ridge
  • Assessment of the quantity and quality of bone
  • Evaluation of nasal cavity
  • Determining the need for a bone graft or sinus lift
  • Surgical planning for impacted teeth
  • Detecting inferior alveolar nerve position for removal of lower wisdom teeth
  • Locating the origin of pain or pathology
  • Detecting, measuring and treating jaw tumors
  • Diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Cleft palate assessment
  • Orthognathic surgery planning

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