Dental cone beam computerized tomography (ct scan) is used to provide an in-depth image, providing dentists with far greater detail than a normal dental x-ray. It can show your teeth, nerves and bones in just a single scan, producing a detailed 3-D image. We don’t routinely use cone beam CT
When Might I Need a Cone Beam CT Scan?
One common use is when planning dental implant surgery. A cone beam CT scan is invaluable in enabling the dentists at Midtown Dentistry to accurately plan the insertion of each implant, avoiding important structures such as nerves and blood vessels while ensuring the end result looks great and will give you a new tooth that functions normally. However this machine has a lot of other uses as well. We might suggest you have a scan if you have badly impacted teeth, or when diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). It’s also used for planning reconstructive surgery, for detecting any cysts or tumors and just for evaluating your jaw and teeth.
What Happens during a Kind Beam CT Scan?
You’ll be asked to remove anything metal that might interfere with the imaging equipment. This includes any jewelry, glasses and hearing aids, as well as any removable dental appliances that contain metal. The actual scan is quick and non-invasive and very comfortable. You’ll be positioned so the cone beam scan can image the correct area of your head. After this you need to remain very still while the arms of the machine rotate around your head, completing a full 360°. This only takes between 20 and 40 seconds and that’s it!
What Happens Next?
Afterwards your results will be evaluated by our dentists. They may discuss any findings with you directly or if necessary these images can be sent to another dentist for a second opinion. If the image was taken in preparation for dental implants, then all the planning is undertaken behind the scenes so when you turn up for your surgery the whole procedure should be smooth and trouble-free for you.
What Are the Advantages of a Cone Beam CT Scan?
There are lots of advantages in having a Cone Beam CT scan as the focused x-ray beam produces high quality 3-D images that can be manipulated so our dentists can view your jaw from a wide variety of different angles. This enables us to provide a complete evaluation quickly and effectively and it’s great for precisely planning dental treatments.
Our cone beam CT scanner Midtown Dentistry is extremely modern and very well maintained. Having this piece of equipment in our dental office enables our dentists to offer patients a much more comprehensive range of treatments all under one roof. Our versatile machine can also be used for panoramic x-rays, where the machine rotates 180° around your head, producing a 2-D image showing your teeth and jaws.