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  • by: Houssam Sahwil
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Cone beam imaging is transforming the way dentists collect information about their patient’s oral health. CBCT scans provide the anatomical accuracy required for diagnosis, treatment planning, surgical execution and follow-ups for implant procedures. Traditional two-dimensional imaging systems such as panoramic and intraoral images are no longer enough to give your patients the adequate information needed for planning implant treatments. In today’s technological world, it is important to invest in a Cone Beam CT scanner for your dental practice to give your patients the most accurate treatment options.


What is a Dental Cone Beam CT Scanner?

Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CT) is a specialized x-ray machine used in situations where a traditional dental x-ray is not enough. It is also used as diagnostic imaging to find pathology of the jaw bones and surrounding structures. This type of CT scanner generates 3D images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan. Images obtained with Cone Beam CT allow for more precise treatment planning.

During the Cone Beam CT, a cone-shaped x-ray beam is moved around the patient to produce a high volume of precise images that are then combined to create one single 3D image. The image allows dentists to review the cross-sections of a patient’s head and neck. Cone beam CT scanners has the advantage of lower radiation exposure compared to a conventional CT.


What is the Scanner Used For?

A cone beam CT scan provides dentists with detailed information that cannot be acquired from traditional x-rays. These scans enable dental professionals to assess the exact shape and density of patient’s bones which will help determine the most suitable treatment plan for patients, including the use of dental implants. 

Common uses for the Cone Beam CT scan include:

  • Prepping for tooth extractions
  • Diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Accurate placement of dental implants
  • Locating pain in the neck, mouth, and jaw areas
  • Determining tooth orientation
  • Planning for root canals and bone grafts
  • Reconstructive surgery  


Do I need a CBCT Scanner to Place Dental Implants?

The short answer: yes. One of the fastest growing demands in dental implant procedures is the utilization of CBCT scans. The planning and placement of dental implants is easier and more reliable with CBCT imaging. The CBCT scans collect the following data: the quality and quantity of bone, the nerve proximity, the buccolingual dimensions, the location of anatomical landmarks such as maxillary sinus, naso-palatine canal, mental foramina, nasal cavity and neighboring teeth. This data helps dentists construct an efficient and individualized plan for implant placement. By using CBCT scans and CAD/CAM technology, dentists can place implants with complete confidence. Surgical placement of implants with a CBCT scan is less invasive, more precise and predictable. If you acquire a CBCT scan for your dental practice, you will save time, reduce the number of appointments needed for patients, and increase patient satisfaction and accuracy.


DDS Labs is committed to help bringing advanced technology and medical advances to your dental practice. If you have any questions about the Dental Cone Beam CT Scan or other equipment you could utilize at your dental practice, contact our experienced technical team. 

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