Dental X-Rays – CBCT
What is CBCT?
CBCT, which stands for cone beam computed tomography, refers to a type of scan that is done in the office when regular dental x-rays are not sufficient. A regular dental x-ray only allows us to see the teeth and underlying bone structure. A CT scan enables us to see soft tissue, nerve pathways and bone mass. CT scans are helpful before more complicated procedures like dental implants and extractions.
Why is CBCT needed?
We normally recommend a CT scan before a major procedure. The procedure may involve oral surgery or an extraction of one or more teeth. With the help of the CT scan, we can be sure that we aren’t disturbing underlying nerves and are utilizing bone mass properly, especially when inserting dental implants. The CT scan is done quickly in-office and many patients find it easier than typical intra-oral x-rays.
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What makes you a good candidate for CBCT?
A CT scan isn’t always needed, but it can be helpful in diagnosing and detecting certain conditions. Before oral surgery, we may recommend a CT scan to help us get a better view of your teeth, gums and mouth. CT scans are even beneficial for treating TMJ-related conditions, as we can see the entire jaw in one image. Before you have a CT scan, we’ll perform an exam and have a consultation with you to determine if it’s necessary.
What can you expect with CBCT?
You will first come into our office and have a lead apron draped over your shoulders. This protects you against the small amount of radiation that is used during a CT scan. You will stand in the middle of a large machine and rest your chin on a chin bar. The machine will then circle your head while taking an image. The scan is complete once the image has transposed onto our computers. Dr. Kye will then use this image to check for intra-oral problems as well as bone structure, nerve pathways and other considerations.
If you think you might need a CT scan and want to know more about your options, call our office today and our friendly staff members can further assist you.