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3D CBCT Imaging

Dental 3D imaging at Acree & Isenhower Family DentistryAt Acree & Isenhower Family Dentistry, we use state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge procedures to provide safe, efficient, and excellent service! When regular dental or facial x-rays are insufficient, we use 3D CBCT imaging to create a computer-generated, three-dimensional model of your teeth and face.

What is Cone Beam Computed Tomography?

Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), is a special type of x-ray machine that rotates around your head and captures data using a cone-shaped x-ray beam. The data is then used to reconstruct a three-dimensional image of your teeth, mouth, jaw, neck, and throat. CBCT scans can capture the entire anatomy of your face in just a single rotation. CBCT offers higher resolution images while reducing your exposure to radiation. Conventional CT scans may need several rotations to collect adequate information, which results in an overlapping of radiation.

CBCT is commonly used for treatment planning of orthodontic issues. It can also be used for more complex procedures that involve:
•  The evaluation of your jaw, sinuses, nerves, and nasal cavity
•  The precise placement of dental implants
•  Surgical preparation for impacted teeth
•  Diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
•  Detecting, diagnosing, and treating tumors in the jaw, throat, and oral cavity
•  Locating the origin of pain and diseases
•  Analyzing tooth orientation and bone structure
•  Preparation for reconstructive surgery
•  Diagnosing dental caries, dental trauma, and endodontic issues
•  Cleft palate assessment
•  Cephalometric Analysis

3D CBCT Procedure

A cone beam CT examination requires no special preparation. Before the examination, you will be asked to remove personal items that may interfere with the CBCT scan. You may also be asked to take out removable dental work; however, you should still bring these appliances to the appointment.

CBCT machines are square-shaped and attach to a mechanical arm that rotates around your head. Most machines include an upright chair for sitting, although some have a movable table so you can lie down during the examination. CBCT machines that involve a table attached to a gantry, or bridge-like structure, to support the machine as it rotates.

During the CBCT examination, the arm or gantry will rotate completely around your head to collect a comprehensive three-dimensional image. In a single rotation, the machine can generate up to 200 high-resolution, two-dimensional images. These images are combined with the use of computer-aided design (CAD) software to produce a 3D image. You will be asked to remain very still as the cone beam rotates 360 degrees around your head. The entire process typically takes between 20 to 40 seconds.

You will not experience any pain or discomfort as a result of the procedure. After the procedure is complete, you will be able to return to your normal daily routine.

Benefits of 3D CBCT Imaging

Unlike 2D scans, 3D CBCT imaging offers a complete visualization of a particular region of interest. 3D scans give us a more detailed image of your mouth and face. Other benefits include:
•  A wide variety of views and angles that can be manipulated for more precise treatment planning
•  Painless and noninvasive procedure that reduces your exposure to radiation
•  Ability to image bone and soft tissue simultaneously

Schedule an Appointment

If you want to experience our state-of-the-art dental office, call (209) 531-9003, and schedule your appointment today!
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