Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is an imaging procedure that uses cone-shaped x-ray beams and computers to create three-dimensional (3D) images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths, and bone in the craniofacial region.
3D imaging provides the dentist with more information than traditional two-dimensional x-rays.
Unlike a traditional dental x-ray, the Cone Beam scan provides the dentist with a three-dimensional, comprehensive, and panoramic view of the patient’s teeth, soft tissues, and nerve pathways. This scan provides a detailed view of the entire patient’s mouth, which is very beneficial for many dental procedures.
How Does A Cone Beam 3D Scan Work?
The Cone Beam 3D scan makes use of a 3D imager that rotates around the patient’s head. This will produce a series of images that are used to create the 3D image. The 3D imager is suspended from the ceiling, and the patient is seated comfortably in a chair. The 3D imager has a wide cone-shaped field of view that covers the whole face, sinuses, and jaws.
Once the patient has been seated comfortably, the scanner will rotate around the patient’s head to capture a series of images. These images are then used to reconstruct a 3D image. Once your scan is uploaded, your dentist will carefully examine your scan to determine the exact movements of your teeth and jaws. This image can be used to diagnose dental issues, plan orthodontic treatments, evaluate jaw disorders, and more.
For example, the dentist can see:
- The position and growth of all teeth and tooth roots, including those that have not yet broken through the gums (impaction)
- The relationship between the jaws and facial bones, jaws to the teeth, and with each other.
- The position of the nasal cavity, sinuses, and other air spaces in the skull
- The relationship between the oral and nasal cavities
- The relationship of the jaw to the neck
- The relationship of the neck to the head
Benefits of Cone Beam (3D) Imaging
Digital imaging technology has come a long way over the past few decades. Cone beam (3D) imaging, also known as cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), is an advanced dental imaging method that provides clear, precise images of dental anatomy.
The 3D images generated through cone beam imaging allow the dentists to view a high-resolution image of your jaws, teeth, and facial structure from every angle. This helps the dentists visualize the entire jaw, including the location of vital structures like nerves and sinuses. This type of imaging thus provides the dentists with valuable information that will be used to plan your treatment.
Who Is The Best Candidate for Cone Beam (3D) Imaging?
3D imaging is especially helpful when determining treatment for patients who:
- Have impacted teeth.
- Have extremely large teeth.
- Have complex dental issues.
At Kusek Family & Implant Dentistry, we offer a full range of services, including cosmetic and implant dentistry in a relaxed dental environment. To learn more about our dental services or to schedule your consultation with one of our dentists, call us at 605-371-3443 or visit us at 4921 E. 26th St., Suite 1, Sioux Falls, SD 57110.