Technological advances in the world of medical care makes it easier than ever for your provider to make better diagnosis and treatment plans. In the field of dental care, Cone Beam Computer Tomography 3-D Imaging Technology (CBCT) gives dental care professionals the opportunity to be more accurate and precise than ever before.
ADVANTAGES OF CONE BEAM COMPUTER TOMOGRAPHY
The CBCT equipment allows dentists to see the important structures in 3 dimensions. That means they can see the nerves, teeth, bones and facial features with greater detail than ever. The level of detail available means that nearly all guesswork is virtually eliminated. Your dentist will be able to see the important structures of your mouth far better than a dentist without CBCT equipment. This means better treatment plans with better outcomes.
HOW CONE BEAM COMPUTER TOMOGRAPHY IS USED
To the patient, the scan is very similar to a traditional X-Ray. That’s where the similarities end. The dentist will take this detailed information and make very precise treatment plans for the placement of dental implants, plan for root canal treatments, and diagnose other complex dental conditions like never before. For example, the dentist can see exactly where to place your implant before you even open your mouth! This allows him or her to select the right size implant prior to the procedure and have the confidence to know it will work perfectly.
ADDITIONAL USES FOR CONE BEAM TOMOGRAPHY
In addition to more traditional, although complex, dental procedures, CBCT scans prove useful in the study and diagnosis of many other conditions. For instance, CBCT can help a dentist to identify possible causes of temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, pain. The ability to see the soft tissues can also help in airway studies where sleep apnea is suspected.
During your next trip to your local dentist, ask if their office has a CBCT 3D imaging machine in-house. This may help you determine whether or not you want to consider a new dentist that maintains the latest technological tools to better treat their patients.