Advanced 3D X-Ray Technology: Dental Cone Beam CT

3D X-Ray is groundbreaking. Dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a sophisticated x-ray device that creates 3D and 4D images, going beyond the capabilities of basic 2D x-ray equipment to show teeth, soft tissues, bone, and nerve pathways in a single scan. Dr. William L. Thompson considers this technology an indispensable element in dental diagnoses and oral surgery prep.

How Dental Cone Beam CT Works

1_rxs_3d_impacted_0211 A detailed understanding of each patient’s maxillofacial anatomy is vital for diagnosis and treatment, particularly where oral surgery is concerned. From dental implants to wisdom tooth removal to setting a broken jaw, the CBCT imaging device uses a special technology to generate the 3D X-Ray images in a single scan, allowing for more precise treatment.

rxs_romeimplant1 3D X-RayUnlike conventional CT scans used in hospitals for anatomy review and diagnosis, the CBCT emits an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone which is the moved around the patient to produce multiple high-quality images or views. The cone beam CT scanner typically includes an upright chair for the patient to sit in and a rotating arm that moves around the head in a complete 360-degree rotation.

The machine captures multiple images (150 to 200 high-res 2D images) from different angles, and the results are reconstructed and digitally combined to create one 3D X-Ray image. The entire scan usually takes less than one minute.

Common Uses for the CBCT 3D X-Ray Imaging Device

Particularly helpful for planning orthodontic treatment, the CBCT is also useful for the complex cases that oral surgeons diagnose and treat:

  • Dental implants.
  • Impacted teeth.
  • TMJ.
  • Wisdom teeth removal.
  • Jaw tumors.
  • Reconstructive surgery.

The device evaluates the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals, nasal cavity, bone structure, and tooth orientation, and aids in locating the origin of pain.

The Benefits of the Dental Cone Beam Technology Procedure

Dental x-rays have a reputation for being uncomfortable. Holding small films in your mouth that poke your cheeks and make you gag is unpleasant at best. CBCT makes it possible for your Commerce Township oral surgeon to get an incredibly detailed look at your mouth without causing you any discomfort.

Here are just some of the benefits of dental cone beam technology:

  • Little to no special prep required.
  • Excellent image quality.
  • Multiple views and angles for complete evaluation and precise treatment planning.
  • Lower radiation exposure compared to traditional CT scans.
  • No impressions necessary.
  • Painless and noninvasive.
  • Indisputably accurate results.
  • Images bone and soft tissue simultaneously.

At iCare Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we value your time and value you as a patient. Utilizing technology like CBCT allows Dr. Thompson to gather critical details for specialized treatment in just one visit. If you have been referred to an oral surgeon for advanced dental care, schedule your consultation with Dr. Thompson in Commerce, Michigan.

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