CBCT Implant Placement

CBCT - Cone Beam Computed Tomography

In the world of dentistry, being able to see is everything. Cone Beam Computed Tomography, or CBCT for short, is a specialized x-ray machine coupled with advanced software that produces detailed and precise 3D images of your Instrumentarium OP300 teeth, jaw bones, nerves, and soft tissues. CBCT in dentistry is relatively new; it first became available to dentists in the USA in 2001.

Providing world class dentistry means utilizing the latest equipment and software. Thats why Dr. Cook invests in technology that not only aids her in diagnosis and treatment planning, but will also make your experience more pleasant and the results of your dental treatment more predictable.

So what makes CBCT so great? First, let’s look at what traditional x-rays have done for dentistry. Traditional dental x-rays are 2 dimensional. When x-rays first became available in dentistry they quickly became the standard of care because they greatly enhanced the dentist’s ability to diagnose dental ailments and gave visualization of some important anatomical structures. This allowed for more predictable treatment planning along with more successful dental procedures. Simply put, x-rays give the dentist an extra set of eyes so they can see what is going on and gain insight on how to access the problem in an efficient and minimally invasive way.

2D x-rays are, and will contiune to be, an essential tool for all dentists for the foreseeable future. However, there are many things traditional x-rays simply cannot show. For instance, there are times when all the roots of a tooth will not show up on a 2D x-ray. This can happen when one root is directly behind another root on the x-ray. Additionally, the exact size and location of nerves, sinus structures, and impacted teeth are almost impossible to determine using traditional dental x-rays.

AntamagCBCT is a giant leap forward in dental imaging. Our CBCT is fully digital and is a low dose radiation machine. In fact, the the amount of radiation you receive from a CBCT scan is about the same as the amount of radiation you receive on a round-trip flight from Houston to New York!

CBCT lets Dr. Cook see everything in 3D. Bone thickness, teeth, roots, nerves, sinus locations and sizes can be easily and quickly ascertained. This gives Dr. Cook a huge advantage when analyzing, diagnosing and planning treatment of your teeth and jaw. CBCT is like a set of binoculars for the dentist while traditional x-rays are like another set of eyes.

Here are just some of the procedures Dr. Cook uses CBCT scans for: