Advanced Dental Technology
One of the most advanced services offered at Welborne, White, & Schmidt Dentistry in Cornelius, NC is our new CBCT 3D Scanner. CBCT stands for cone beam computed tomography, which is a special type of x-ray equipment that affords our dentists and their team a three-dimensional view of your teeth, gums, facial bones and nerves.
How Does the CBCT 3D Scanner Work?
When you have a CBCT 3D scan, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone circles around your head. A large number of images or views are produced from a single rotation. These x-rays provide clear and detailed images of facial bones and are often used to evaluate bone density in you jaw, the positioning of teeth, and the spatial relationship between teeth, your upper jaw and your nasal cavities and sinuses. Cone beam CT has the added advantage of requiring lower radiation exposure in order to create clear images.
What is the CBCT 3D Scanner Used For?
Your dentist in Cornelius uses the CBCT 3D Scanner in order to plan a number of different dental treatments. For example, the images can be used to plan wisdom teeth extraction. We also use the scanner to find the optimal spot in your jawbone for the placement of dental implants.
Our dentists and their team also use the CBCT 3D Scanner when treating a patient who presents with symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. The scanner gives us a 360-degree view of the inner workings of this joint so we can develop the appropriate treatment plan.
What are the Benefits of Cone Beam CT?
In addition to allowing our dentist to have a more comprehensive view, the CBCT 3D Scanner offers other benefits. These include:
- Better image quality because the focused x-ray beam reduces scatter radiation
- The ability to manipulate views and angles in order to achieve a more precise evaluation of an oral condition
- More information provided than with standard dental x-rays
- The scan is painless and completely non-invasive
- The ability to see bone and soft tissue concurrently
- Reduced radiation exposure and no radiation remains in the body after a scan
Your Role During 3D Scanning
Because the CBCT 3D scanner rotates around your head, you will need to remove any accessories that may interfere with the imaging, such as earrings, eyeglasses or hearing aids. Then you’ll be seated and need to sit very still while the scanner revolves around you. Depending on what the scans will be used for, 3D images can be captured in 10 to 40 seconds.