Cone beam computed tomography (CT) machines circle the patient’s head and collect data using a cone-shaped X-ray beam. This information is used to generate 3D images of the patient's dental, oral, and maxillofacial areas, as well as their ears, nose, and throat.
At Briarwood Family Dentistry in Aurora, Colorado, we use cutting-edge technology, including CBCT, to provide better care for our patients as well as more exact diagnoses and treatments for our patients.
What Is a Dental Cone Beam CT?
CBCT, commonly known as dental cone beam computed tomography (CT), is a type of dental X-ray machine that creates panoramic 3D images of your teeth, gums, soft tissues, and nerve pathways. The 3D scans help our dentist, Dr. Mehlhoff, diagnose dental problems faster and with more precision.
Cone Beam Imaging in Dentistry
In dentistry, cone beam imaging is widely used for the following purposes:
- Performing dental implant surgical procedures faster and more precisely
- Preparing for tooth extractions
- Detecting and treating temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
- Thoroughly examining your jaw, sinuses, and nasal cavity
- Planning dental treatments for sleep apnea
- Detecting and treating oral cancer
- Assessing tooth orientation and bone structure
- Identifying tooth and mouth pain
- Preparing for numerous reconstructive and cosmetic dental operations
What Are the Benefits of Cone Beam Computed Tomography?
Cone beam 3D imaging provides better quality images from a wide range of angles that can be adjusted for a more thorough dental evaluation. This technology is recognized for its ability to provide data relating to both the patient’s teeth and their soft tissues at the same time.
Images from these scans are conveniently displayed on a computer immediately after being captured and can be moved around by the dentist (they can zoom in or out on a region of your mouth) to help them better understand what is going on in the patient's mouth.
Furthermore, CT machines emit 90% less radiation than standard X-rays, making them a far safer option for patients. These scans are the best alternative for identifying dental abnormalities early on and monitoring a patient's dental health.
At Briarwood Family Dentistry, you can find the best dental care in Aurora, CO. To schedule an appointment, contact (303) 680-6000 or visit us at 15901 E Briarwood Cir #350, Aurora, CO 80016.