What is Cone Beam CT?
A Cone Beam CT Scan (CBCT) is a special type of x-ray machine used in situations where regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. This type of CT scanner uses a special type of technology to generate three dimensional (3D) images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in a single scan. Images obtained with cone beam CT allow for more precise treatment planning.
Cone beam CT provides detailed images of the bone and is performed to evaluate diseases of the jaw, dentition, bony structures of the face, nasal cavity and sinuses.
What are some common uses of a CBCT Scan?
A CBCT scan is commonly used for diagnosis and treatment planning of a wide variety of conditions including :
- surgical planning for impacted teeth.
- diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
- accurate placement of dental implants.
- evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals and nasal cavity.
- detecting, measuring and treating oral pathology.
- determining bone structure and tooth orientation.
- locating the origin of pain.
- corrective jaw surgery.
How should I prepare?
A cone beam CT examination requires no special preparation.
Prior to the examination, you may be asked to remove anything that may interfere with the imaging, including metal objects, such as jewelry, eyeglasses, hairpins and hearing aids.
How long does a CBCT scan take?
A CBCT scan usually takes 20-30 secs and the images are available within 1-2 minutes.
What is the cost of CBCT scans?
All CBCT scans taken during your consultation and review appointments are bulk billed.