What Is Cone Beam 3D Imaging And What Is It Used For?

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Also known as a CBCT scanner, Cone Beam 3D imaging is a digital imaging procedure that combines both conventional x-ray and CT technology in order to produce high-resolution, 3D cross-sectional images that are far superior in quality and detail and offer a unique visual perspective that cannot be obtained by either form of imaging alone.

This superior level of visualization enables dentists to diagnose oral problems and plan for their treatment with far greater accuracy and precision, leading to significantly improved outcomes for patients.

What is Cone Beam 3D Imaging Used For?

Cone Beam 3D imaging is currently being utilized as an effective tool in a number of different dental procedures. These include the following:

Periodontal surgery

Periodontal surgery is used to address cosmetic and medical issues with the gum tissue. Our gums are essential for supporting our teeth and if they become compromised by infection as seen in periodontal disease, this can have a range of consequences for patients including gum recession, root canal infections and tooth loss.

CBCT technology can be used to assess the extent of damage to the gum tissue, and to plan for periodontal surgeries which include gum grafting, removal of infected gum tissue and crown lengthening.

Dental implants

Dental implant technology has transformed the way in which we can replace missing teeth. However, dental implants rely on a titanium post being placed into the jaw bone via an incision in the gums. For these to be placed safely and in the correct location, your dental implant provider needs to be able to see what is happening in the gum and jaw so that no important nerves or other structures are damaged. Your provider will also need to ensure that you have enough healthy bone in the jaw to support the implant post.

CBCT technology can be used to visualize the internal structures that must be assessed for the successful placement of dental implants. They will also enable your provider to plan the insertion of each titanium post with finite precision, reducing the risk of complications and giving you a better overall result.

What Are The Benefits of Cone Beam 3D Imaging?

There are a number of different benefits associated with Cone Beam 3D imaging. These include:

Swift scanning. CBCT imaging can take just minutes to perform, reducing the length of time that you need to be in your dentist’s chair. The speed of scanning also makes it ideal for patients who have physical or mental disabilities that would otherwise make remaining still or keeping their mouth open very difficult.
Less radiation. The cone-beam shape of the laser requires a lower dosage of radiation to successfully obtain the images needed.

No need for conventional impressions, which can be messy and uncomfortable.
A better overall experience. The advanced nature of CBCT imaging means that the diagnostic process is improved, as is the planning and execution of treatments.

If you would like more information on Cone Beam 3D imaging, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced dental team at Laser Family Dental in Troy, MI who will be happy to answer any questions that you may have (248) 250-9333.