Dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a specialized type of dental x-ray that provides a 3-D image of the teeth, soft tissues, blood vessels, nerve pathways, and bone. Images produced by a CBCT scan are highly detailed and show the relationship between multiple structures, which allows your periodontist to create an appropriate treatment plan.
Did You Know?
A CBCT scan differs from a traditional CT scan in that it uses a cone-shaped x-ray beam that moves around the head. As it rotates, this cone-shaped x-ray obtains multiple images that are then compiled into a single 3-D image. CBCT scans are also faster and use less radiation when compared to a traditional CT scan.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a CBCT scan?
Your periodontist may request a CBCT scan when they are going to place dental implants, complete a bone or tissue graft, or perform another type of oral surgery. CBCT scans may also be performed as a diagnostic method or to monitor a patient after surgery.
What can I expect when having a CBCT scan at Perio NW?
When having a CBCT scan at Perio NW, you can expect to remove any facial jewelry that may interfere with the imaging process. You will then be asked to sit or stand under the CBCT machine and rest your chin against the chin rest. Adjustments will be made so that you can rest comfortably. During the scan, you will need to remain still while the machine rotates completely around your head. The scan is completely painless and only takes about 20-40 seconds.
What happens after a CBCT scan?
After your CBCT scan, your periodontist will discuss their findings with you if necessary. They may also describe their treatment approach and answer any questions you have. After a CBCT scan, you will have no restrictions or special guidelines to follow and can immediately return to your normal routine.