Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) allows your dentist to see your teeth, gums, and jaws with more clarity than traditional film x-rays. The focused x-ray beam reduces scatter radiation, resulting in better image quality and a lower dose of radiation.
Our Jenison dentists at McMahon Family Dental use cone beam CT to learn more about your teeth, bones, and surrounding hard and soft tissue. Best of all, this 3D dental imaging is noninvasive and won’t trigger your gag reflex. Our dentists use 3D dental imaging to:
- Place dental implants
- Plan extraction of impacted teeth
- Diagnose TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders
- Evaluate your jaw, sinuses, nerve canals, and nasal cavity
- Determine bone structure and tooth orientation
How does 3D dental imaging work?
A panoramic x-ray takes about 14 seconds. You will need to stand (or sit) very still while the scanner revolves around your head. Most 3D dental imaging units have handles you can grasp to help stay still. A small mouthpiece or chin rest may also be used to help you stay still during 3D dental imaging. A cone beam CT is noninvasive and completely painless. You will be able to return to your normal activities once the CBCT scan is complete.
With integrated FaceScan, your dentist can superimpose an actual 3D image of your face on top of a 3D scan of your teeth, jaws, and underlying bone structure. The lifelike image of your head assists our dentists in planning treatment and makes it easier for you to understand what happens next.
How should I prepare for 3D dental imaging?
A CBCT scan does not require special preparation. Wear loose comfortable clothing and leave metal jewelry at home so it doesn’t interfere with the imaging. Eyeglasses, hairpins, hearing aids, and other metal objects should also be removed prior to the scan.
Who interprets the results?
Your dentist will analyze the images. SIDEXIS 4 Software allows your dental professional to compare historical images from your record side-by-side with your new CBCT scans, providing you with a “before and after” view of your procedure. That way, you can see the results.