Digital 3D X-Ray (CBCT)
What is Digital 3D x-ray?
CBCT scanners send lots of X-ray beams from different angles to capture different images of the mouth and jaw. As they pass through the body, the strength of the beams is measured to determine the density of bone or tissue. A computer then uses this information to process the results and display them as detailed 3D images of the jaw.
A normal X-ray can’t measure bone depth, thickness or density. 3D CBCT scans measure all three, plus the depth of bone near your nerve canals and sinus cavities. All of this information is presented to your dentist in a 3D view.
Using a 3D dental CBCT scan and examining the images from every direction helps your dentist to accurately plan the placement of your dental implants. It’s also an effective way to establish whether you’re suitable for dental implants. This is because it shows your dentist the exact bone depth, width, density and condition of your jawbone.
The scan itself takes less than a minute, and your appointment will probably last around 10 minutes. You don’t need to prepare anything before you have your CBCT scan. When you arrive for your appointment, you’ll be asked to take off anything that may interfere with the imaging process, such as jewelry, glasses, hair grips or hearing aids. If you wear dentures, you may need to remove these during the procedure.
CBCT scans are non-invasive and completely painless. They use more radiation than a normal X-ray, but considerably less than a conventional CT scan. The amount of radiation is very small and is unlikely to cause any long-term harm. Your dentist may not recommend you have a CBCT scan if you’re pregnant.
The most important benefits of Digital 3D x-ray (CBCT)
Having CBCT scan before implants offers the following important benefits:
- Dentists use CBCT scans as a diagnostic tool to make implant treatment as accurate as possible.
- They allow your dentist to plan your implant placement with precision.
- They accurately determine whether you need a supporting treatment, such as a bone graft or sinus lift.
- The CBCT scan helps determine what type of implant treatment might suit you best.
- The scan will tell your dentist how deep, wide and dense the ridge of your jawbone is, meaning your dentist will know everything about your mouth before you start treatment.
- It shows where structures like your nerve canals and sinuses lie, which helps minimize any risks during the procedure
The benefits for dentists
• The scanner produces incredibly accurate and detailed images, which are extremely beneficial during the detection and diagnosis of oral health problems and structural abnormalities.
• Scanned images can be used to monitor the efficacy of treatment and can also aid in the planning of treatment.
• CBCT scan will also improve accuracy and reduce the risk of mistakes, as they provide incredibly detailed images and allow dentists to assess the risk of a procedure or course of treatment.
The benefits for patients
• With CBCT scan the effectiveness of treatment is increased and potential risks and mistakes are greatly reduced.
• This advanced form of technology allows the patient an improved understanding of the treatment and enables them to be better prepared.