Advancements in Dentistry – Cone Beam Imagery

Despite being a relatively new dental advancement, Cone Beam imaging has already been widely recognized as the future of dental x-rays. The comprehensive scans taken through Cone Beam imaging provide a larger scope of information than all previous x-ray machines. At Dreier Family Dental, we want to ensure you receive the best care, which includes all the benefits of Cone Beam Imaging. 

What is Cone Beam Imagery?

Cone Beam technology is a quick and easy way for our team to examine your oral health. The official name for the procedure is Cone Beam Computed Technology (or CBCT) and the instantaneous connection between the scanner and the computer allows a wider range of options. Most prominently, a CBCT scan captures images of the entire head. This provides the Dreier Family Dental staff a more detailed understanding of our patients’ oral health. 

During the procedure, a programmed metallic arm rotates 360 degrees around the head, capturing multiple images. When compiled, these images create a full 3D image of the jaw and teeth. This is all completed in less than a minute and the 3D visualization will be immediately ready. Our dentists are then able to examine the rendered image and make a prompt, accurate diagnosis. 

How Does CBCT Compare to Traditional X-Rays?

CBCT offers many benefits when compared to traditional x-rays. A complete CBCT scan provides a 3D rendering of your teeth and jaw, whereas most x-ray machines do not have this capability and provide limited information as a result. Therefore, CBCT scans and the treatment plans prescribed from them are far more comprehensive than traditional x-rays. 

The CBCT scans take hundreds of images which are then compiled digitally, which negates the need for re-shoots that are common with traditional x-rays. While single images can be faulty, the rendering created by Cone Beam imaging is almost always faultless.

What Is CBCT Used For?

Cone Beam Imaging can accomplish many tasks that regular x-ray machines cannot. These are a few core uses of CBCT:

  • Reconstructive surgery – The planning and preparation for oral reconstruction is made much easier with CBCT to map out the jaw and teeth.
  • Dental Implants –  It is much easier to create and place implants accurately with CBCT scans.
  • Tooth Impaction – Identifying and treating buried teeth is made easier with CBCT. The precise and clear image help with the surgery and extraction.   
  • Diagnosing oral pain – There are many causes of oral pain that traditional x-rays cannot identify. The bone and soft tissue revealed by CBCT scans provide a more thorough analysis.
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) – The comprehensive nature of CBCT scans help the Dreier Family Dental staff diagnose TMJ and explain it to our patients.
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