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Here at Fraserview Dentist, we’re always open to incorporating some of the newest technology to provide you with better care. One of the latest additions to our practice is a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) machine. Learn more about how the CBCT machine works and how we use it to help make your dental procedures safer and more efficient.

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What Is a CBCT Machine?

A CBCT machine is a special type of X-ray machine that can create a 3D image of your teeth, bone, nerve pathways, and soft tissues in one scan. It’s especially useful when a regular facial or dental X-ray can’t provide a sufficient view. The machine was developed in the 1990s and is based on light intensifier technology. Since a CBCT uses a cone-shaped area detector, you can stay in one place as the sensor moves around you.

How the CBCT Machine Works

During the dental imaging process, the CBCT machine will move around your head in a complete 360-degree rotation. As it circles, it will capture multiple images from different angles. In one rotation, it can take up to 200 high-resolution 2D images. These images are then put together to form a 3D image that provides your dentist with valuable information about your oral health.

How the Procedure Is Performed

A CBCT exam doesn’t require any type of special preparation. Before the exam, you might be asked to remove items that could interfere with the imaging, such as eyeglasses, jewelry, hearing aids, or hairpins. Even though you might also be asked to take out any removable dental work, you should still bring it with you to the procedure in case your dentist needs to examine it.

If you’re having the scan completed for dental implant planning, you might be asked to wear a special plate in your mouth during the procedure. This plate, which resembles dentures, contains markers that help guide the X-ray examination.

When it’s time for the procedure, you’ll either lie down on an exam table or sit in an exam chair. Your dentist will position you so the beams centre on the area of interest. You’ll need to remain still as the head of the CBCT machine revolves around you. If your dentist needs a full mouth X-ray, this will typically take around 20-40 seconds to complete. If you only need to have a scan that focuses on a specific area of your mouth, it will usually take less than 10 seconds to complete the procedure.

You won’t experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure, and you’ll be able to return to your regular activities once the exam is complete. After the procedure, your dentist will be able to review the results and create a plan of action based on the images.

Benefits of CBCT Technology

CBCT technology provides a number of benefits that make your dental procedure easier and safer. Not only is the CT scanning painless and noninvasive, but it’s also incredibly accurate. The focused X-ray beam cuts backs on scatter radiation, which results in better image quality. Additionally, no radiation remains in your body after the exam.

A single CBCT scan can produce a variety of views and angles that your dentist can then manipulate for a more complete evaluation. The scan also provides more information than a conventional dental X-ray, which helps your dentist come up with a more precise treatment plan. Lastly, the scan has the ability to image soft tissue and bone at the same time.

Common Uses for CBCT

Since CBCT scans provide detailed images of your mouth, they’re commonly used to come up with treatment plans for a variety of orthodontic issues. At Fraserview Dentist, we routinely use the CBCT machine for computer guided implant surgeries. We use the information from the CBCT scan to help fabricate implant surgical guides so we can place the implants more efficiently and safely.

CBCT scans are also useful for more complex cases, including:

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Detecting and measuring jaw tumours

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Creating a surgical plan for impacted teeth

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Locating the origin of mouth pain or discomfort

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Evaluating the jaw, nerve canals, nasal cavity, and sinuses

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Assessing the cleft palate

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Determining tooth orientation and bone structure

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Creating a plan for reconstructive surgery

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Visualizing abnormal teeth

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Diagnosing dental cavities

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Creating a plan for a root canal

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Diagnosing dental trauma

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Detecting lesions that may indicate a serious disease

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Diagnosing airway sleep disorders

At Fraserview Dentist, we receive numerous referrals from nearby general dental clinics because of our CBCT machine and other advanced technology features at our office. We’re pleased to able to use this technology to offer you modern dental health care that will make your visit as productive and easy as possible. Please contact us today to learn more about the impressive technology we have available.