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CBCT Scans

The dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a special and advanced type of x-ray machine that is used when a much more detailed picture of the dental and facial part is required. It is in particular, used when normal dental or facial x-rays are not adequate enough. The dentists or doctors use this in order to get 3-D images of your teeth, nerve pathways, soft tissues and bone in one single scan. The procedure is known to take numerous pictures from every possible angle which in turn plays an important role in planning the treatment. The procedure requires no preparations at all. Although the doctor may advise you to wear a loose fitting dress to keep you calm and relaxed and comfortable.


The most important uses of CBCT are:

✅Planning for an impacted tooth

✅Ensuring precise placement of dental implants

✅Evaluating the jaw, nerve canals, sinuses, and nasal cavity.

✅Locating, assessing and treating jaw tumors.

✅Understanding bone structure and tooth ailment

✅Tracing out the pain

Benefits of CBCT Scans

The benefits for patients who experience a CBCT scan are in plenty when compared to usual X-rays. CBCT scans can easily discriminate between various types of tissue in our body that includes bone, teeth, and many other limited soft tissues. As the scans taken from the CBCT equipment are so accurate, it provides proper diagnosis of the problem and helps the doctor to plan the absolute treatment for the patient.


The procedure is very different and quick. During the examination, the C-arm of the CBCT machine rotates over the head of the patient making a complete 360-degree rotation. It is at this time that the CBCT captures many images from various angles which is later put together to form a single 3-D image.

In the dental branch of medicine, the CBCT scans are one of the most innovative dental diagnostic methods which have proven it to be the most effective in dental care. In this technology, creating 3-D images of the anatomical structures is a must which in turn provides the doctors with immediate images that helps them to conclude on the best possible treatment option. The CBCT scan method is being widely used by many doctors and has improved the outcomes.

Authored By : DR. C. VIVEK PANDIAN

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