Cone Beam Technology Explained by Novato Dentist

Written by Dr. McConnell on Nov 17, 2015

One of the most important advances in dental technology is x-ray imaging because it has transformed the way we diagnose and treat dental problems. However, even updated x-rays have at least one limitation — since they’re two-dimensional images, they only tell us part of the story. Viewing the inside of your teeth and other mouth structures in three dimensions would obviously provide you with more detailed information about their conditions.

What is Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)?

CAT scanning used at the Novato Dentist office provides this 3-D image and is known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). A CBCT emits x-rays that form a cone-shaped beam caught on detectors. The CBCT then generates a 3-D image by “layering” this large series of two-dimensional images caught by the detectors on top of each other.

What are the Benefits of CBCT Technology?

CBCT is already making a significant impact in dentistry. Dentists now use CBCT to visualize with amazingly precise detail the three-dimensional anatomy of teeth, jaws, facial bone and other structures in the head and neck area.

With this amazing technology, we can determine the precise location of impacted teeth in relation to nerves and sinuses. When diagnosing gum disease, we can better determine the level of bone loss and gum attachment for more accurate diagnoses and effective treatment.

A low dosage CBCT scan can provide us with a level of detail that gives us a very accurate view of anatomical features (including bone density and mass) in three dimensions. That capability can dramatically elevate the accuracy of diagnoses and lay the foundation for effective dental treatment.

Please Contact Us for More Information

We know that you probably have a lot of questions about this exciting new technology and how it can benefit you. Please give our Novato Dentist office a call, and we’ll be happy to arrange a consultation to explain more about CBCT technology.