Cone Beam Imaging – Novato Dental Implants Dentist Describes What it Is and How it can Benefit You

Written by Dr. McConnell on Jun 27, 2017

Have you heard about an innovative technology called cone beam imaging? Cone Beam CT imaging (CBCT) provides us with the most detailed and complete information possible, allowing us to plan your dental treatment accurately. We are pleased that patients of the Novato dental implants dentist can now enjoy the benefit of this state-of-the-art dental technology.

What is Cone Beam Imaging Used For?

CBCT is used to measure the quantity and quality of bone for dental procedures. It is especially useful for placing dental implants and treating TMJ issues. The CBCT also makes it easy to determine if a tooth, gums, or other tissue is infected and allows for accurate treatment planning.

It even helps our dentist see small cavities and identify potential orthodontic problems since it shows us different angles and magnifications. It even allows us to see the relationships between bones, teeth, airways, nerves, and tissues so we can plan out a highly accurate treatment plan.

How Does CBCT Work?

It’s referred to as a “Cone Beam” because the scanner projects digital x-rays in a carefully controlled, cone-shaped beam. The system uses a digital x-ray scanner mounted on a rotating arm. The scanner moves in one complete circle around your head. You just sit back in the chair while the scanner does the rest.

CBCT combines low-dose radiation imaging with high-quality 3D diagnostic imaging.  CBCT imaging fits your busy schedule because it’s fast, easy and totally painless. It takes between 10 and 70 seconds to complete the scan and provide us with computer-generated views of oral/facial bone structure in 3D and color.

With the level of detail provided with the Cone Beam CT scanner, we can quickly determine if you have enough bone to support a dental implant, or if a bone graft will be necessary before starting your dental implant procedures.

Please Contact Us for More Information

We use the high-tech Cone Beam CT scanner for many dental procedures. It allows early detection of dental diseases and gives us accurate information that increases the likelihood of highly successful dental procedures that keeps your smile bright and healthy. Please contact the Novato dental implants dentist to arrange a convenient consultation.