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3D IMAGING

See your mouth in a whole new way.

  We are excited to provide our patients with the latest imaging technology to better assist with planning dental implants, extractions, endodontic diagnosis, and TMJ issues.

 

What is Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)?

  The dental CBCT is a more compact, faster, and safer version of the regular medical CT. Through the use of a cone-shaped x-ray beam, the size of the scanner, radiation dosage, and time needed for scanning are all dramatically reduced. The amount of time needed for a full dental scan is typically ten seconds and the radiation dosage is up to a hundred times less than that of a regular medical CT scanner.

 

Why do you need a CBCT?

  A CBCT is a three-dimensional surgical image providing a view from all angles not seen from a regular 2D image. This allows the dentist to obtain vital information for proper diagnosis without exposing the patient to high levels of radiation. For example, when planning and placing implants, having this information beforehand is imperative for determining anatomical variations that can affect the success of the procedure. A CBCT will provide a blueprint for the dentist planning your treatment.

 

How is a CBCT taken?

  A CBCT generally takes ten seconds to capture the photo but you should expect to be seated for about 2-5 minutes for the assistant to set everything up before the image is taken.

 

What do I wear? 

Thankfully there are no dress requirements! The only caveat is that there can be no metal above the shoulders while the image is taken as they may reduce the clarity of the image. These items may include earrings, necklaces, and partials. If you have silver fillings or metal crowns, that is not a concern and will not affect the photo.