Cone Beam CT - 3D Imaging

What is Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)?

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) uses a cone-shaped beam and digital processing to reconstruct a virtually distortion-free 3-D image using a single rotation in a sitting/standing position, similar to that of a panoramic radiograph. CBCT scanners are capable of producing high-resolution 3-D images of hard tissues and use computer-aided imaging software to help improve diagnosis and treatment planning.

Clinical applications of CBCT imaging

  • CBCT is extremely helpful in dental implant planning and site development.
  • CBCT helps determine location of nerves, sinus, and roots for extractions.
  • CBCT shows jaw symmetry, configuration of roots, and impacted canines which is helpful for orthodontia.
  • CBCT is used in orthognathic surgery. It gives the clinician the ability to see fractures and jaw pathology.
  • CBCT is used in periodontics for sinus augmentations, advanced grafting procedures, and periodontal defects.
  • Endodontists used CBCT to determine canal measurements, the presence of additional canals, and the configuration of root canals.
  • CBCT can be helpful when diagnosing TMJ/TMD. It helps with the detection of bony defects, asymmetries, spurs, and condylar changes.
  • ENT specialists often use CBCT for sinus and airway studies.
Benefits of CBCT imaging

  • CBCT exposes patients to less radiation than traditional CT scans.
  • The CBCT scan is fast and comfortable.
  • One CBCT scan produces a volume of images that can be viewed and manipulated in many different ways.
  • Clinicians can illustrate recommended treatment plans to patients using 3-D software.
  • CBCT allows the doctor to visualize internal anatomy that cannot be diagnosed externally.
  • CBCT is more affordable than a traditional CT.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule to have a CBCT scan at our office, please call us at 480-860-0092.