Dental procedures are quite complicated especially procedures like Dental Implants, Full mouth Rehabilitation with Implants (All on 4 or All on 6), Wisdom tooth Surgeries, Jaw Bone Fractures, Re-Root Canal Treatments, etc. So, it’s vital to do a good examination of the dental system. These treatments are not confined to teeth only but these things get into the roots, nerves.
But is it practically possible to examine the mouth thoroughly? Yes, Advanced Dental technology has become a boon for dentists with the introduction of CBCT, which helps us to visualize internal anatomy that cannot be diagnosed externally and to treat you more safely.
What Is CBCT?
CBCT – Cone Beam Computed Tomography. CBCT scan which is also known as Dental Imaging, facilitates to visualize your teeth structure internally and analyze the critical parts of your teeth like nerves, teeth roots, the sinus, and the nose.
CBCT is an advanced X-Ray examination technique that creates 3D images of teeth, jaws, sinus, nerve pathways and bone in the maxillofacial (oral) region with a single scan. Such thorough analysis helps us to observe better and it’s very effective as it provides full Diagnosis. CBCT is necessary for adequate assessment in some cases.
These scans are useful in various fields of dentistry, from dental implants to root canal treatments and managing impacted teeth. CBCT can be used for various purposes on must need it during a dental implant process to help safeguard the implant’s placement. Another may use it to gauge bone density or measure jawbone thickness.
How does it work?
You might be familiar with Dental X-rays, Dental IOPA (intraoral periapical ), Dental OPG (Orthopantomogram) but these images provide you only 2 Dimensional views of the face i.e. Length and Height of teeth structure, while CBCT allows us to capture and construct the 3 Dimensional images i.e. the width of the structure as well.
After the proper positioning of the patient on the CBCT system the process begins. The CBCT system rotates around the patient in approximately 30 seconds, capturing data using a cone shaped X-Ray beam. Dental cone beam tomography is used when regular two-dimensional dental x-rays are not sufficient. Formed images on the desktop screens help us in planning and placement of Implants in teeth and also careful insertion of implants and their movement as well.
Advantages of CBCT?
Dental cone beam CT scan is one of the digital dental technologies that have made work much easier for both dentists and patients.
- Better image quality and accuracy: 3D images aids in better diagnosis and a complete evaluation as we can view dental problems of patients from different angles.
- Images of bone and soft tissues: CBCT scan allows us to create a more precise treatment plan. The cone beam CT scan can scan both bones and soft tissues easily which provides more information than a conventional dental X-ray.
- Quick and painless: It takes only 30 seconds for scanning which can generate hundreds of images in a single scan, allowing us to get a comprehensive view of the patient’s mouth and teeth.
- A lower dose of radiation: The CBCT scan uses a lower dose of radiation than a regular CT scan. No radiation remains in the patient’s body after the scan.
Benefits of CBCT to patients :
The benefits of cone beam CT scans make it a terrific option for implant dentistry as it ensures safe and predictable treatments. Some benefits of cone beam CT scans for dental implants include:
- Virtual model of the patient’s soft tissues, bones, and teeth. This helps the dentist design the proper bite, reducing the risk of misaligned implants.
- Allows the dentist to select the right size of the implant for optimal stability and integration. This ensures the implant can meet the patients’ needs and serve the person for a long time.
Discuss your specific dental condition with one of our dentists and find out whether the CBCT scan can aid in your treatment. Visit Om Happy Teeth.