Want a dental implant? With the advancement in technology, a dental CBCT (Cone-Beam CT) is the most important procedure in the diagnostic assessment of the dental patient for the selection of appropriate treatment planning and dental implant planning for patients with conditions affecting the oral-maxillofacial region.
Cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT) scan is the most used imaging by the dental practitioners for it enable them to request for a multiplanar imaging. The CBCT scanner allows the creation in “real time” of images in 3D of the jaws and teeth. It provides images of highly contrasted structures and extremely useful for evaluating bone.
However, there is a limitation in this technology in regards to soft-tissue imaging. Efforts are being directed toward the development of techniques and software algorithms to improve signal-to-noise ratio and increase contrast.
The use of CBCT technology provides some potential advantages for maxillofacial imaging such as:
There is no alternative to this procedure. It may be impossible to use traditional dental X-ray pictures to assess the bone accurately, without this examination. It may not be enough to allow your treatment to be performed safely.
Luckily, the procedure is not painful, but you will need to remain still for the duration of the scan. You are advised to mention to the radiographer if you are claustrophobic so as to be given appropriate support and advice.
There is no doubt the CBCT technology has become an important tool in dental and maxillofacial imaging. The CBCT scan is essential for the dental implant operation so no need for fear. It is efficient and painless.