Sometimes your dental practitioner might advise you a Cone Beam CT imaging before a complex procedure when regular dental X-rays are not adequate to provide a clear picture, literally and figuratively.
What Is Cone Beam CT Imaging?
Cone Beam Computed Tomography or Cone Beam CT imaging, sometimes referred to as CBCT is an advanced radiographic imaging technique that is routinely used in dentistry. Cone Beam CT imaging presents a three-dimensional reconstruction of your maxillofacial areas. Meaning, this superior radiological modality provides an accurate 3D picture of your jaws, teeth, nose, even neck region which gives your dentist a clear picture literally, about what’s going on down there.
Who We Are
Coquitlam Dental group is a team of driven and skilled dental professionals whose utmost priority is to provide the highest quality of care to our patients. We work with cutting edge and sophisticated technology to achieve this goal. We are devoted to offer and provide top of the line dental treatments with the highest quality and excellence in almost all aspects of Dentistry. At Coquitlam Dental Care, we make sure our patients are able to place trust in us and our dental services and know that you shall receive the most reliable standard of care in our hands.
Why Opt for Cone Beam CT Imaging
The world has turned digital, so why should dentistry stay behind? Cone Beam CT is one of the newest and most advanced diagnostic technologies being used today. It is capable of producing sub-millimetre resolution with the fastest scanning time and lowest radiation exposure. We leave no room for doubt or speculation when it comes to our patients, so we like to go the extra mile to make sure we make the correct decision for their health. Our doctors are dedicated to offering the top of the line dental treatments with excellence in almost all fields of dental care.
Cone Beam CT Imaging Candidates
Normally digital X-rays are advised to our patients for diagnosis of their problems. Cone Beam CT imaging is used for diagnosis or treatment planning of a disease when a normal dental x-ray is not enough to provide clarity. It is quite commonly done prior to dental implants or bone grafting procedures to observe the bone status and whether the jaw is suitable for an implant. Sometimes if the clinician suspects an underlying condition of the bone or soft tissue that is not visible on the x-rays, CBCT imaging can be advised.
It gives a more accurate picture, helps the dentist to come to a precise diagnosis and also makes you understand the condition better. Even though it has considerably low radiation exposure which is safe, CBCT imaging is not advisable for pregnant women. So it is important for you to inform your doctor if you are pregnant. Some common cases when cone-beam CT imaging is used are:
What to Expect
How The Equipment Looks Like
Cone beam CT is a variant of the regular CT imaging but has a lesser radiation dose than a conventional CT scan. The equipment consists of a square-shaped scanning machine that rotates around a person, capturing the image using a cone-shaped x-ray beam. The rotating arm rotates 360 degrees around your head taking multiple scan images. These multiple images are reconstructed to provide a three-dimensional image that can provide valuable information about your craniofacial health.
You might be asked to remove any metallic objects you have on your body like jewellery, pins, hair clips, hearing aids, etc. as these may interfere with the image and not provide a clear picture. Also, women must always inform their dentist if there is any possibility that she may be pregnant. You may be either asked to lie down or sit upright near the gantry which rotates around the head. It takes around 20-40 seconds for the full rotation in a single scan of your mouth. You must remain very still while the gantry rotates during the scan. It barely takes a few minutes for the scan and then you’re done!
Benefits Of Cone Beam CT Imaging
Accurate, Three-Dimensional Image
CBCT provides a precise and detailed three-dimensional image that is clear for interpretation not only by your dentist but easy for you to understand as well.
Each rotation takes around 20 to 40 seconds for a total scan of the entire mouth, where the full oral cavity and dental structures are scanned. It takes about 10 seconds for a localized scan which is done to concentrate on a particular area of your mouth. Yes, it’s that fast !!! It is hassle-free, contact-less and pretty smooth.
Less Radiation Exposure
The radiation dosage though higher than a dental x-ray is much less than that in a conventional CT scan and well within the radiation safety limit.
Multiple Views and Angle
A single scanned image provides you with a wide array of views and angles that help your dentist to do a comprehensive evaluation and assessment.
Vital Information In A Single Scan
A CBCT image provides a lot of information about bone, teeth, jaw, sinuses, as well as soft tissues like nerves, cysts, or tumours, etc. It is unique in the way that both hard structures and soft tissue can be seen in the same image.
Saves You Money and Multiple X-Rays
A single image saves you the trouble of getting several x-rays in turn spending more money and getting exposed to radiation multiple times. These are fairly inexpensive in comparison to the regular CT scans.
Painless and Non-Invasive
The procedure is non-invasive, completely painless and contact-less!! You can return to your normal activities after the imaging is complete.
Why Deal With Us
At Coquitlam Dental Group, we are devoted to our patients, understanding their needs and providing them with the care they deserve. We believe that there should be no compromise on the quality of the services we give to our patients. We use advanced technologies to make sure that your concern is well-attended. Not many clinics are equipped with CBCT technology. When it comes to technology and advancement, Coquitlam Dental Group always likes to be updated and well-equipped so that we can provide our patients with the best care.
Cone Beam CT imaging has revolutionized dental imaging and opened up a lot of avenues by providing clarity to clinicians and patients aiding in their decision-making process with regards to diagnosis and treatment planning. You can now get your cone beam CT scans done at our clinic.To book your appointment now at https://coquitlamdentalgroup.ca/. You can also reach us at Phone: (604) 931-3133, Email: email@example.com, or you can find our office at 655 North Rd #101, Coquitlam, BC V3J 1P5, Canada.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Cone Beam CT Imaging?
Cone Beam CT imaging or CBCT is an advanced radiographic imaging technique commonly used in dentistry. It is a fairly new technology and an advanced radiological modality that provides an accurate 3D representation of your jaws, teeth, nose, even neck region.
What Does The Equipment For CbCT Look Like?
The equipment consists of a square-shaped scanning machine that rotates around a person, capturing the image using a cone-shaped x-ray beam. The rotating arm turns 360 degrees around your head taking multiple scan images. These images are reconstructed to provide a three-dimensional image that can provide valuable information about your craniofacial health.
How Will I Get The Results Of The Scan?
It takes a couple of minutes for the computer to reconstruct and configure the image which appears on the screen. You might be given a digital copy of the scanned image. Sometimes a radiologist may be required to interpret the image and consult if the underlying pathology is complex. In that case, there might be a delay of a few days for you to get a report of the scan.
How Should I Prepare For A CBCT?
You do not need to do anything before your scan. It is pretty simple and hassle-free. You might be asked to remove any metallic objects like clips, jewelry, hairpins, hearing aids, etc. as these may interfere with the image and not provide a clear picture. Also, women must always inform their dentist if there is any possibility that she may be pregnant. You may be either asked to lie down or sit upright near the gantry which rotates around the head. It takes around 20-40 seconds for the full rotation. You must remain very still while the gantry rotates during the scan.
Are There Any Risks Associated With CBCT?
The radiation dose in a cone beam CT machine is well within the safety range of the radiation hazard norms. In fact, the radiation is lesser than that in a conventional whole-body CT scan that is normally done. CBCT can be taken even by children, though not commonly done. But it is not advised for pregnant women.