Cone-Beam CT Scan
Sometimes digital radiographs fall short of providing us with the information we need when diagnosing and treating complex dental issues. In our continuing commitment to providing our patients with the very best in dental technology, we use dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) for the most precise 3-D images.
This cutting-edge piece of dental equipment provides more information in just once scan than we can get from an entire series of x-rays, including views of the dental structures, nerves, and tissues of the facial region.
The scan takes mere seconds, so radiation exposure is minimal. It is an invaluable tool for Erie dentist Dr. Kevin Sambuchino when it comes to diagnosis and treatment planning.
Call Lake Erie Dental today to find out more about how we are using leading-edge technology to make dental treatment better for patients.
Uses for the Cone Beam CT Scan
One typical use of the dental cone beam CT scanner is for planning orthodontic treatment. It is also used for other complex cases, such as impacted teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and dental implants.
Using the Cone Beam CT Scan for Dental Implant Placement
Patients who are getting dental implants placed can feel good about this state-of-the-art technology that provides more accuracy.
Dental cone beam computed tomography takes a 360-degree picture of the patient, giving us a 3-D view of the teeth, mouth, jaw, neck, ear, nose, and throat. It provides an unparalleled picture that enables to better plan for precise implant placement.
Another breakthrough with this technology is that we can perform a surgery virtually before we even touch you. This enables us to better place the dental implant. It also means when we do perform the surgery, we can make smaller incisions. Because this pre-planned treatment is less invasive, patients will heal more quickly.
The Cone-Beam CT Scan Procedure
In terms of patient preparation, you will find that the cone-beam CT scan is not much different than getting a traditional x-ray. You will need to lie in the exam chair after you are properly positioned and stay quite still for the time it takes for the scan. The machine will rotate completely around you to get the correct image. The procedure is not painful, and it takes no more than a minute. Afterward, you can return to your normal activities.
The only caveat is that metal objects can affect the image. Prior to the procedure, we’ll ask you to remove jewelry and glasses. If you have dentures, those will also need to be taken out.
Women, take note: The machine is so sensitive, that even the metal on an underwire bra can impact the images, so we’ll ask you to leave those at home on the day of your scan.
As with any type of procedure, pregnant women should alert us about their condition ahead of time.
Call Us to Find Out More
The cone beam CT scan is just one more way we are working to make your dental procedure more comfortable and more accurate. Call our high-tech dental office today to make an appointment!