Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
The Carestream 8100 3D
Dental Cone Beam CT (CBCT) is a specialized x-ray that provides clear, three-dimensional (3-D) images of all pertinent structures within a patient’s mouth, rather than the two-dimensional (2-D) images provided by a conventional x-ray image. We can get a closer look at the teeth of the patient, soft and hard tissues, nerve pathways, and even bone condition and density. We use a CBCT to better diagnose cases of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) as well as to accurately assess the condition of the nasal cavity, sinuses, nerve canals and the jaws of our patients. When our patients are experiencing pain, we sometimes use dental cone beam CT to help us determine the exact area where the pain is coming from.
The dental cone beam CT is also vital in determining treatment options for our patients with more complex dental problems. For instance, the 3D images from the dental cone beam CT can help us see where we should set dental implants and how we should address impacted teeth during surgery. This type of advanced imaging technology is also useful in determining the tooth orientation and bone structure of the patient, as well as locating the exact position of jaw tumors. Dental cone beam CT is also a valuable tool when we need to carry out reconstructive surgeries.