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Dentistry science has evolved over time, and with this particular field’s advancement, we can now achieve the impossible with a Cone Beam CT scan. You may have come across the standard CT scan “Computed tomography” at the hospitals, which is a medical imaging procedure with multiple X-ray measurements transforming them into virtual slices of a particular thing. CBCT is another brand of computed tomography that has proven to be beneficial in dentistry, surgery, endodontics, etc.
Previously, we saw that only two-dimensional radiographs dominated a dental clinic for procedures like endodontics. With the new technology, we have been able to come to better and more accurate diagnostics allowing us to intervene at the right time in severe circumstances. We are able to perform the CBCT in complex procedures, including complex endodontic canals, wisdom tooth removal, canine exposure, furcation involvement, etc.
The Cone Beam CT scan dominates the dentistry field when it comes to implant dentistry and this is because surgical implants require a 3D placement into places not visible to the naked eye. The best thing about this procedure is that it requires little to no preparation, all you need to do is wear loose, comfortable clothes, and in some cases, you may be asked to wear a gown.
What is CBT Scan?
A Dental Cone Beam scan is a computed tomography scan which is one-of-a-kind X-ray equipment that is used in the dentistry field. The equipment is used when all else fails, and a more robust intervention is needed to reach a diagnosis. The X – rays produce 3D dental images, which are produced using a rotating gantry attached to the X-ray source and its detector.
The CBCT scan can produce many planar projection pictures in one rotation; the best thing about this machine is its cone shape. Due to that, the equipment is able to incorporate the entire field of vision when a regular CT scan cannot produce the same.
What does a CBCT scan show?
When it comes to CBCT scans, they are equipment that shows dental X-rays; however, they show finer details of the jaw and the teeth. They allow us to see the exact shape of your bones and teeth and determine how well an implant or any other procedure will fix your ailment.
Do I need CBCT Scan?
Sometimes, when the diagnosis is not precise, and the ailment persists, we recommend you go for a CBCT scan. We may want to see a holistic image using the 3D technology to see your entire dental structure before we place implants. We often want to see the joints, any unusualness in dental anatomy, and your sinus.
How long does a Cone Beam Scan Take?
When you visit our clinic, you will be asked to fill in some information; then, you will have to remove any facial jewelry; if you are wearing hearing aids, we will ask you to remove them, and neck chains or earrings all have to be removed before the scan. Generally, a CBCT scan only lasts about 9 seconds; however, if you are new to our clinic, the entire process can last up to twenty minutes.
How does Cone Beam Scan Work?
When it comes to the 3D scan, there is a process that is followed.
Step 1: You will need to book an appointment with us, and once you visit us, we will ask you to remove any jewelry, glasses, or hearing aids you are wearing.
Step 2: Once you walk into the clinic, you will be asked to change into your medical gown and wear a scanning appliance.
Step 3: An arm-like equipment will take images of you while it rotates 360 degrees around your head. This will help the equipment reconstruct the 3D images.
In what cases is a CBCT Scan used?
CBCT scan is helpful for the following instances