While traditional 2-dimensional x-rays are still a valuable diagnostic tool for cavities and minor root infections, sometimes they are simply insufficient for providing the level of detail and inside look at your oral structures to adequately plan your dental care. That is where a dental cone beam x-ray comes in.
Dental cone beam 3D imaging is a specialized type of x-ray machine that uses computed tomography (also called CT). You have likely heard of CT scans for medical imaging purposes; while a dental cone beam is different from a conventional CT scanner, it can provide similar types of images, with minimal radiation exposure. Using enhanced technology, the dental cone beam scanner takes 3-dimensional scans of your teeth, bone, soft tissues, and nerve pathways from all anglesall in one x-rayproviding a much more in-depth and precise image of your oral structures. In fact, in just one pass, the cone beam takes almost 600 digital slices of your mouth, which specialized computer software then compiles into interpretable 3-dimensional views. Dr. Kovtun can then use these detailed images to:
You do not need to do anything special to prepare for a dental cone beam scan. We will ask you to remove any metal objects that may interfere with the imaging, such as jewelry or hair pins, prior to performing the scan. The scanner has an arm that rotates in a 360-degree circle around your head to capture images from all angles and takes less than a minute. The procedure is painless and non-invasive.
As a biological dental practice, your overall health is of utmost importance to us. As part of that, we take measures to ensure that we minimize your exposure to radiation during your treatment. While cone beam CT scans do require more radiation exposure than a conventional 2D x-ray, the exposure is typically similar to a few days of normal background radiation that you experience just by being on earth, and the total radiation exposure is much less than a traditional medical CT scan and equivalent to about the 4 images you get yearly during your hygiene visit. Dr. Kovtun carefully weighs the benefits versus risks in determining whether a dental cone beam CT is the right choice for you and is happy to discuss any of your questions or concerns.
If you are interested in learning more about cone beam 3D imaging and how it is used to enhance your dental care, call Alpha Plus Dental Center in Brookline, MA today! Our office can be reached at (617) 274-8494.
A graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (with honors), Dr. Stan Kovtun is among the select few mercury-safe and biological dentists in Brookline, MA. With expertise in general, preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, as well as periodontal disease procedures, Dr. Kovtun is committed to patient education and comprehensive treatment plans. So, patients keep their teeth for life. Patients benefit from Dr. Kovtun's focus on long-term relationships, continuing education, and investments in lasers, digital imaging, ozone, and other technologies.
Our doctors employ state-of-the-art technology to enhance our patients experience. We use one of the latest digital X-ray systems SIRONA ORTHOPHOS XG 5 and VISTASCAN for precise and rapid investigation for a single tooth or full mouth format using a minimum dose of radiation.
Dental X-rays (radiographs) are images of your teeth that your dentist uses to evaluate your oral health. These X-rays are used with low radiation levels to capture images of the interior of your teeth and gums. This process can help your dentist identify problems, like cavities, tooth decay, and impacted teeth.
While dental X-rays involve radiation, the exposure levels are so low that theyre usually considered safe for children and adults. If your dentist uses digital X-rays instead of developing them on film, your radiation exposure risks are even lower.
Pregnancy is an exception to the rule. Women who are pregnant or believe they may be pregnant should avoid all types of X-rays. Inform your dentist if you are pregnant as radiation is not considered safe for developing fetuses.
On the other hand, 2D panoramic (full-mouth) X-rays show a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and temporomandibular (jaw) joints. These X-rays show impacted teeth (e.g. wisdom tooth), bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumours), infections, and fractures.
Dental X-rays require no special preparation. The radiation exposure is so low that no lead vest is required for this procedure. In the X-ray room, the X-ray machine is positioned alongside your head to record images of your mouth, and the process takes less than 30 seconds.
A digital X-ray allows the dentist to image the tooth or teeth and put it into an imaging program. Within this imaging program, several tools will enable the dentist to examine the teeth and surrounding structures with outstanding accuracy closely.
As a benefit to the patient, the digital X-ray also provides nearly 80% less radiation than a standard X-ray. This result is because the X-rays digital version is much more sensitive to the radiation and has been specifically designed with the patient in mind.
Commonly known as 3D X-ray, cone beam imaging allows our doctors to see bone thickness, jaw structures, tooth relationships and root canal anatomy. They are becoming the standard of care for implant surgery since it shows the relationship between the available bone and significant structures such as nerves and sinuses.
Its indispensable for making sure that a dental implant does not impinge on the nerve that controls the lower lip. It can also help find some hidden bone around the sinuses allowing for placement without expensive bone grafts.
In orthodontics, doctors can quickly determine the relationship between the upper and lower jaw in conjunction with the rest of the skull these X-rays. The 3D view can help a dentist search for an elusive root canal or an extremely curved root.
With the technological advances in dental X-rays in recent years, the exposure of localized or full-mouth digital X-ray has been reduced to that of normal cosmic exposure. I.e, if you fly from Singapore to HongKong, the amount of radiation you experience will be the same as that of a full-mouth X-ray.
Please bring a clear print or digital copy from the other dental clinic; most clinics will provide you with a copy upon request. We may not need new X-rays, or we may only need to take partial X-rays to bring you up-to-date.
If you already know you are pregnant, or amid some family-planning, do let our doctors know of your plans. Even though the radiation dosages are minimal, the doctors at our clinic do not take X-rays for pregnant mothers.
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Many dental patients want to know what the differences between x-rays and a cone beam images are. They perform very similar functions exposing the inner parts of the tooth and the tooth roots. However, 3D cone beam scans offer dentists a more complex view of the inner workings of your smile, including the teeth, jawbone, and other oral and facial structures.
Digital x-rays themselves are an important clinical innovation in both the dental and medical fields. They have allowed doctors to clearly see internal bodily structures and more easily diagnose and accurately treat patients. The images captured by digital x-ray scans are two dimensional. To get an idea of what this means, imagine you sliced an apple in half. Looking at the flat part of the slice, you might see a brown spot. Without cutting further into the apple, you wont be able to tell how deep the brown spot goes. This is what x-rays give us. A flat view of the inner structures of teeth. While were able to see areas of decay or damage, it can be difficult to accurately estimate the full extent of the damage. Thats where 3D cone beam imaging comes in.
Using a 3D cone beam scanner, were able to get a complete, 360-degree view of the smile. From fully assessing damage to one individual tooth to evaluating the way the teeth, jaws, and skull bone are interacting, 3D images allow us a much better understanding of issues and give us the ability to accurately plan for the most advanced treatment processes. This means were able to more effectively treat patients and more completely renew oral health.
At Smiley Family Dentistry, we are passionate about patient education. The more you know, the more confident youll feel about your dental care plan. Thats why we take the time to explain all your treatment options before beginning any dentistry plan. If you want to learn more about digital x-rays, explore other advanced dental technologies, or schedule an appointment, contact our friendly Waverly dental team to get started today. We look forward to seeing you and your family soon!
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During the bi-yearly exam at Prairie Fields Dentistry in Overland, Kansas, Dr. Wolniak and his team may want to give you an x-ray. Yes, this is normal. Did you know that an x-ray canhelp the Overland, Kansas dental team improve the quality of your treatment? An x-ray or a CT scan gives a clear image of your mouth to find problem areas. This could be decay, gum disease, or even bone loss. Many patients ask the Praire Feilds Dental team if there is a difference between a traditional x-ray and a Dental Cone Beam CT Scan. Yes, there is a big difference. But,should you get an x-ray or a CT scan? Overall, a Dental Cone Beam CT scan can view bone and soft tissue at the same time in better detail. This scan also does not leave radiation in the patient after use. Here is more information about a Dental Cone CT scan at Prarie Feilds Dentistry in Overland, Kansas and how the scan may be beneficial for you compared to an x-ray.
With more accuracy, Dental Cone Beam CT scans can find more dental problems. At Prairie Feilds Dentistry in Overland Park, Kansas, Dr. Wolniak and his team can help you decide if a Dental Cone Beam CT scan is best for you. Here are a few reasons Dr. Wolniak may recommend this type of scan over an x-ray.
A Dental Cone Beam CT scan gives Dr. Wolniak and his team more results and better imaging. Compared to an x-ray, a Dental Cone Beam CT scans uses less scatter radiation and you can take fewer scans to see the different views and angles of yourmouth. What is the bottom line? The CT scan gives better results with a lower risk and in less time. Amazing!
Using this CT scan is safer, more accurate, and a better choice for youroral health. At Prairie Fields Dentistry, Dr. Wolniak offers a CT scan for all patients. Learn more about his treatments and state-of-the-art materials at Prairie Fields Dentistry in Overland, Kansas. Call today to plan your next visit!
Digital dental x-rays have come a long way in improving our ability to diagnose problems in your teeth and jaws. But which ones do you need, when do you need them, and why do dentists recommend each kind?
Periapical x-rays capture the full length of 1 or more teeth, so that we can see the apex, or end, of the root. Thats where we look for signs of a tooth abscess, or infection. We also use them, as in this case, to make sure that dental implants are fully integrated in the bone.
These x-rays of the back teeth are usually taken in groups of 2 or 4, so 1 or 2 per side. Sometimes it may be a group of 7 in a different orientation. Most people have get them every 12 months to check for cavities between the teeth, where we cant see them. If youve never had a cavity between your teeth and are at low risk, your dentist might change it to every 18-, 24-, or rarely every 36 months. Or if you get cavities a lot, your dentist might even recommend them every 6 months. The patient in the below example has gotten a mouthful of dental crowns in her 70+ years. Because we want to catch any cavities around the crowns early, she definitely gets bitewings once a year.
For patients who have cavities on many teeth, or especially if they have gum (periodontal) disease, we take a full-mouth series of x-rays. This is a minimum of 10 total x-rays, including both bitewings and periapical dental x-rays.
The dental x-rays you see below are called panoramic x-rays. This kind is usually taken ever 3-5 years to screen for possible bone cysts, tumors, sinus abnormalities, etc. Its also used to check growth and development in children, to make sure their teeth are developing normally. The first one shown here, which I labeled, is of a healthy patient.
But this panoramic x-ray, taken in the fall of 2019, surprised me with several unusual areas. Theres a large, dense, circular something in the right sinus, which definitely doesnt belong there. There are also 2 irregular areas of unusually dense bone on the lower jaw. We have sent this patient to an oral surgeon for further evaluation.
When we need a lot more detail, or different perspectives and angles, we take a CT scan, also called a cone beam or 3D x-ray. Cone beam images are quite different from the other types, because theyre taken in slices. Computer algorithms turn those slices into a 3D images. That 3D x-ray can be rotated in every direction, and we can scan through it up/down, forward/back, and side-to-side. Theyre really quite incredible!
When planning dental implants, we have to know if the bone is both wide and tall enough. If it is, great! If not, then you may need a bone graft or sinus lift to build up the bone. Without the 3D views, we cant know that. We can also see other important anatomy, like the big nerve in your lower jaw (the yellow line). We really dont want to run into that!
When it comes to diagnosing a problem with your smile and creating your personalized treatment plan, the more information our dentists and team have, the better. At Smile Loft Branch Ave., we feature cone beam imaging in Camp Springs, Maryland, to give Dr. Kashyap Patel, Dr. Priya Patel and Dr. Julia Gapud a complete view of your smile. For more information, call 301-463-7035 and speak with a member of our team.
Youve purchased a Cone Beam CT (CBCT) machine. While you wait for its installation you and your staff have some decisions to make regarding the incorporation of this fantastic addition to your diagnostic toolbox into your imaging protocol. You also have correctly identified that while patients love their dentists to have the latest technologies, no one likes feeling that they are the ones footing the bill for this impressive three-dimensional tool. Youve no doubt invested a significant amount of money for this purchase, and as such these are legitimate questions you need to consider.
Since the early 2000s Cone Beam CT has been available in the United States, becoming increasingly more affordable and therefore more widespread in the practice of dentistry. From implant treatment planning, visualization of pathology in three-dimensions, to getting an image of that unknown entity in a panoramic, Cone Beam CT is a fantastic addition to the dentists diagnostic quiver. Weve already discussed the importance of considering how much of the patient we want or need to capture when acquiring a volume in our last blog post. As part of that we touched briefly on the radiation costs to the patient, and we will touch on that again here shortly. What will be the primary focus of our discussion this time is the appropriateness of taking a CBCT as a screening tool and if one should try to save the patient money by billing the patients insurance company for a different, less expensive, imaging series. Lets start by addressing the pesky question of radiation dose.
Evaluation of radiation dose to the patient is a non-controversial issue with recommendations and guidelines we are familiar with from ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) to Image Gently, there is no shortage of reminders of our duty to our patients regarding radiation dose. Where it gets more complicated, however, is when we start comparing different Cone Beam CT units, panoramic units, and intraoral units.
While its easy to make broad generalizations in regards to dose from any of the radiology modalities utilized in dentistry, in reality there is quite a wide range. This range is dependent on the age of the unit, digital vs. film, and if the equipment is utilizing other inherent factors to reduce dose to the patient (e.g. long tube vs. short tube, rectangular vs. round). All of this is to say that you need to be familiar with your equipment and the actual dose youre working with that is particular to your office.
This dose comparison is unique to your practice. As we discuss whether we should be taking a CBCT in place of panoramic, four bitewings and individual periapicals we must account for the differences in the equipment your office is using. Outside of standard doses for a particular type of unit, other factors should be considered as well, such as resolution of these modalities. While CBCT is a useful tool for many things, the preferred image to detect interproximal caries is the intraoral bitewing radiograph.1
The selection of the appropriate field of view also has an impact on radiation exposure. As mentioned previously in our blog post on Field of View, reduction of the field of view can result in patient dose reductions ranging from 25% to 66% depending on the machine, type of collimation (vertical or horizontal), amount of mechanical collimation, and location (maxilla vs. mandible; anterior vs. posterior).2 And this makes sense as the larger the volume that is acquired, the more dose is imparted to the patient. This is particularly important when we are talking about pediatric patients and taking larger volumes.
While many are happy to invest in new equipment that wows our patients and helps sell their treatment plans more effectively, we should also consider the beneficial impact to our patients by updating our current intraoral equipment to help reduce radiation dose on what is often routine radiographic procedures in our office. In short, the devil is in the details.
Just as there is not a one size fits all for what radiographs should be taken on a patient due to caries risk, etc., the FDA and ADA Guidelines for the Selection of Patients for Dental Radiographic Examinations-2004 provides useful information for justifying the tailoring of the radiographic examination to the patient. The FDA recommends imaging professionals follow the principles of justification and optimization in the protection of patients undergoing radiological examinations.3 More specifically the FDA recommends the following:
The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR) Executive Committee in its Executive Opinion Statement on Performing and Interpreting Diagnostic Cone Beam Computed Tomography states that it believes that the practitioner should apply imaging procedures based on considerations of patient radiograph selection criteria, dose optimization, technical proficiency, and assessed diagnostic or treatment needs2 and, CBCT examinations should be performed only for valid diagnostic or treatment reasons and with the minimum exposure necessary for adequate image quality.2
All this to say, dont apply a one size fits all radiographic treatment plan to the patient before evaluating them clinically. It is second nature for us to customize our dental treatment plans based on our clinical knowledge for restorative, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, etc. our radiographic treatment plan should be no different and should be customized based on what we see clinically and what is known of the patients medical and dental history.
No discussion of practicing dentistry in an area that encompasses a dental specialty is complete without a discussion on liability. Evaluating radiographs is often a daily task for most dentists and dental specialists, so it should come as no surprise that when we are discussing being knowledgeable to comfortably and reliably interpret intraoral (periapicals, bitewings, etc.) and panoramic radiographs, there is no conversation needed regarding the capabilities of the dentist as we received formal education encompassing these radiographic modalities. CBCT, however, is still in its infancy at many institutions and therefore many dentists have not received formal training while in dental school. This is not to say that one cannot become competent in this particular area of dentistry. The AAOMR in its own executive opinion has stated as such: It is desirable for practitioners to undergo specific training to perform CBCT examinations successfully.2
Similar to seeking out additional training to perform bony impacted third molars, the standards of care are elevated to the specialty you are now encompassing, Dentists using CBCT should be held to the same standards as board certified oral and maxillofacial radiologists (OMFRs), just as dentists excising oral and maxillofacial lesions are held to the same standards as OMF surgeons.2 As is the case with any other radiograph acquired in dentistry it is the responsibility of the practitioner obtaining the CBCT images to interpret the findings of the examination. Just as a pathology report accompanies a biopsy, an imaging report must accompany a CBCT scan.2 This really should not be surprising to anyone as we all have the ability to elevate a patients care to a higher level and part of our training involves knowing when to do so.
Back to the discussion of taking a CBCT in place of other radiographs: a consideration outside of radiation exposure to the patient will be your comfort level in interpreting regions outside of the jaws and teeth. As is true with any radiographic image acquired in dentistry, we are responsible for reviewing the entirety of it. A systematic approach should be taken with careful observation to identify abnormalities. In a CBCT acquired to create a reconstructed panoramic image, this will involve capturing the base of the skull, paranasal sinuses, cervical spine, and the airway spaces. If this is outside your comfort level, it is imperative to the overall health of the patient this evaluation be elevated to an an Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (OMFR) specialist: Qualified specialist OMFRs may be able to assist diagnostically when practitioners are unwilling to accept the responsibility to review the whole exposed tissue volume.2
As Oral & Maxillofacial Radiologists, we are here to assist when regions are captured outside your comfort and ability. This is especially true when a dentist purchases a CBCT for the first time and is learning where that line is.
Youve selected the appropriate radiographic examination for your patient, and it involves 4 intraoral bitewings and a CBCT. The question often arises: can you bill for a full mouth series and save your patient some money? The short answer is simply no.
The American Dental Association has a wealth of information when it comes to proper billing procedures, specifically radiographic procedures. It acknowledges that decisions concerning CDT Code selection are up to the individual dentist and may be influenced by factors that are not always easily discussed in broad generalizations. It is important to remember that the purpose of the CDT Code is to document what took place in the office and does not always translate into complete reimbursement for the procedure. Dentists should always select the CDT Code that, in their clinical opinion, accurately describes the procedure delivered to the patient. Throughout the ADAs provided videos and documentation, one key phrase is repeated time and time again: code for what you do, and do what you coded for.5
The next question that is often asked is what about new images created from a radiograph acquired creating a bitewing from a panoramic radiograph for example? Can I bill for the bitewing? The appropriate code is for the initial image captured, not what can be created from it. This also applies to creating a panoramic radiograph (a reconstructed panoramic as it is more appropriately called) and billing for a panoramic radiograph. Again, you should code for what you captured. You do not want to be held accountable for billing the incorrect code and now being liable for the totality of reimbursable claims for the radiographs. As a common procedure in the office you could be facing a very large bill from the insurance company.5
If youre overarching concern is to save the patient money, the safest way to charge the patient less is to set your billing fee for a procedure such as a CBCT to a lower amount that the patient can afford. Most importantly this retains the legal record of what dental procedure was completed for the patient.
Cone Beam CT is a fantastic addition to the dentists diagnostic toolbox when considering the radiographic treatment plan of each patient. The cost of radiation for each individual modality is inherently unique to each practice and should be considered in a case by case scenario with the guidelines provided by the ADA and FDA. Referral to a higher level of care (i.e. Oral & Maxillofacial Radiologist) should be considered if the totality of the image you require is outside your comfort level of interpretation. Finally, consider billing less for your CBCT CDT codes if you want to save them money as the CDT codes are an important part of the patients record of treatment rendered.
In the early 20th Century, not long after X-rays were discovered, medical professionals recognized their value as diagnostic tools: They could clearly reveal structures hidden inside the body without the need for risky surgery. At the dawn of the 21st century, a revolutionary new technology has entered the diagnostic arena. Today, Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) promises to change the way many dental problems are diagnosed and treated.
Cone Beam CT has some similarities with conventional X-rays, and also with the standard CT scans you would get in a hospital setting. But it's a quantum leap forward in technology and diagnostic precision. For the dentist, it offers the ability to visualize intricate structures inside the mouth, such as root canals, nerves and sinuses (air-filled spaces) in the jaw in three dimensions without surgery. For the patient, it can reduce the need for invasive procedures, shorten treatment time and offer the chance for a better outcome.
The detailed diagnostic images that CBCT provides have made it an essential tool in many dental specialties. But, as with any diagnostic tool that uses radiation, the medical benefits offered must be weighed against the (small) potential risks of the procedure.
X-rays, like visible light, are a form of energy on the electromagnetic spectrum. Just as light makes an image on photographic film (or a digital camera sensor), X-rays can also form an image. The difference is that energetic X-rays can penetrate bone and soft tissue, and reveal its hidden structure by their varying degrees of absorption; in other words, they form a grayscale picture of what's underneath the surface. But conventional X-rays are limited: Like a still-life picture, they show only one perspective on the scene.
Now imagine a flip book the kind of small book made up of a series of pictures, each slightly different. When you rapidly page through it, you may see (for example) an animated cartoon or a still subject from different perspectives. If you could put together a flip book made from a series of X-ray slices of the same subject, taken at slightly different angles, you would be able to create an animation of the X-rays. And from there, it's only one more step to making a 3-D model.
That's exactly what CBCT scanners do. Using a rotating imaging device that moves around the patient's head, the scanner records between 150 and 600 different X-ray views in under a minute. Then, a powerful computer processes the information and creates a virtual model of the area under study. When it's done, the model appears as a three-dimensional image on a computer screen: It can be rotated from side to side or up and down, examined in greater or less detail, and manipulated in any number of ways all without the patient feeling any discomfort... or even being present.
Each patient's situation is different, and must be carefully considered by a clinical professional before any test or procedure is performed. While CBCT delivers a smaller dose of radiation (X-rays) than many other diagnostic tests, it still carries a small risk particularly for younger patients, or those with other health problems. As is the case for any medical procedure, all risks, benefits and alternatives are taken into account before the procedure is recommended.
Getting The Full Picture With Cone Beam Dental Scans Dental imaging took a major leap forward at the beginning of the new millennium with a three-dimensional technology known as cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). The name comes from the cone-shaped beam of x-rays the CBCT machine projects as it rotates around a person's head, taking multiple images that are compiled into a 3-D picture by a computer. Find out what CBCT can reveal and how it helps a doctor to make a highly informed diagnosis and choice of treatment... Read Article
If you regularly visit the dentist, then you have more than likely received a dental x-ray. Dental x-rays help dentists see diseases that could be lurking around the teeth and soft tissues of the mouth. They also are beneficial because they can help diagnose other dental problems early before they get worse. Here at Mountain Aire Dentistry, we like to use 3D cone beam CT imaging to get accurate and detailed scans so we can develop the best treatment plan for you. Keep reading to learn about the history of these scans and how they help us accurately diagnose and treat our patients!
The need of images of the mouth have been around since the beginning of dentistry. In 1895, x-rays were discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen, and they began using them in dentistry not long after. By 1903, the first dental x-ray lab was opened in the United States. However, it wasnt until 1948 that panoramic radiography was used in the dentist office.
In 1990, dental tomography scanners were introduced, and it was in 2001 when cone beam CT scanners became available. The cone beam scanners became popular quickly because they rendered a 3D image of teeth, soft tissues and bone in a single scan, making dental issues easily noticeable.
Cone beam 3D imaging allows dentists to see clear, detailed, three dimensional images of your teeth, as well as the bones and soft tissues that surround them. It earned its name because the x-ray beam is literally in the shape of a cone, where traditional CT scans use fan shaped x-ray beams. This cone-shaped beam captures nearly 600 of slices of information about your mouth, and then advanced software assembles all of this information into three-dimensional views.
This type of dental x-ray has been revolutionary in dentistry. They are essential when looking for broken teeth, tooth decay and other various dental injuries,. These scans also aid in forming a treatment plan for the patients that need restorative dental care. According to radiologyinfo.com, a few things that this type of x-ray can look for and help a dentist see are:
Cone beam 3D imaging offers a focused beam that has better image quality. In addition, a single scan can show a wide range of angles that can be manipulated for a more well-rounded dental evaluation. Theyre well liked for their ability to see the teeth and soft tissue all at once and fast. Images from these scans immediately appear on a computer and can be moved around by the dentist (they can zoom in or out on an area of your mouth) so they can better see what is going on in the patients mouth.
In addition, this scan emit 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays, which makes it a much safer option for all patients. That, along with their quickness and accuracy, make these scans the best option to detect dental problems early on and monitor a patients dental health.
The good news is that this doesnt require any special preparation on the patients end. When you get to the dentist office, you might be asked to take off jewelry or other metal objects like glasses.
The radiation from dental cone beam imaging scans typically are lower than other CT exams. However dental cone beam exams can deliver for radiation than their conventional counterparts. While this isnt as big of a risk for adults, it can be concerning for children. Concerns about radiation exposure are riskier for younger patients because they are sensitive to it and have a longer lifetime for negative side effects to develop, per the FDA. There is a slight chance of developing cancer from excessive exposure to radiation. However, the accurate diagnosing that these scans provide often outweigh negative risks.
At Mountain Aire Dentistry, Dr. Berry and our staff are committed to your oral health needs. We will use the latest digital technology to safely and identify any dental conditions you may be experiencing. From there, you will get a customized dental plan to get you back to smiling soon. Call our office today at (303) 731-7755 to schedule your next dental checkup. Come see the effectiveness of digital X-ray technology in practice!
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When you visit our Broomfield dental office, your smile is our top priority. Our Dentists invite you to experience the difference a warm and caring team can provide for you and your family. Enjoy a unique and comfortable dental experience designed to bring a healthier and happier smile back into your life. We invite you to call or visit our Broomfield dental office and discover the exceptional difference we offer to those we serve.
Here at Palermo Village Dental in Oakville, we want our patients to feel as comfortable as possible as soon as they visit our office. This is why were proud of the technology we utilize around the office.
Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT or just CT) is a type of x-ray machine that uses special 3D imaging techniques of your teeth, soft tissue, nerve path, bone and craniofacial region (face and neck) in a single, impressive scan.
These x-rays work a bit differently than traditional x-rays, though they each have their own advantages. A typical CT scanner will generate multiple x-ray images by utilizing radiation and radioactive contrast injected into the body.
A CBCT scanner, however, uses an x-ray in the shape of a cone and moves completely around the patient to produce a larger amount of quality images and uses far less radiation. The CBCT can provide us with the chance of detecting more issues around the mouth, face, and nasal cavity. It allows us to plan the most effective treatment strategy possible as we can see impacted teeth, evaluate the jaw, study every aspect of your bone structure, and accurately and safely place dental implants.
A lot of patients arent comfortable receiving a traditional CT scan because of its reputation for emitting high levels of radiation, but you no longer have to worry about that. We care about the safety and well being of our patients as much as their oral health which is why we keep our office stocked up with the best dental technology on the market.
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a special type of x-ray used when regular dental x-rays are not sufficient. We may use this technology to produce three dimensional 3D images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. Images obtained with cone beam CT allow for more precise treatment planning.
Cone beam CT provides detailed images of the bone and is performed to evaluate diseases of the jaw, dentition, bone structure, nasal cavity and sinuses. The cone beam CT has the advantage of lower radiation exposure compared to conventional CT.
This procedure requires little to no special preparation. Tell your doctor if theres a possibility that you are pregnant. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and leave jewellery, eyeglasses, metal dentures and hair clips at home or remove them before the exam.
You may be familiar with the X-rays that your dentist takes as part of a routine dental visit, but there's actually an entire dental specialty dedicated to the use of radiographic images for dental diagnoses and treatment, known as oral and maxillofacial radiology.
X-rays, otherwise known as radiographs, are useful in dentistry to see parts of your teeth, gums and jaw that are not visible to the naked eye. Here's a look into this specialty and the imaging methods it uses.
According to an article in the World Journal of Radiology, the specialty of oral and maxillofacial radiology is recognized by about 40 countries in the world, with varying names. You might also hear it referred to as dentomaxillofacial radiology. This specialty includes taking and interpreting the following types of images:
If your dentist advises that you need images taken with one of these methods, you may want to look into the cost. The Radiological Society of North America explains that the cost will depend on which type of imaging you need, where you get the images taken and how much your insurance covers. However, the National Association of Dental Plans notes that most dental insurance plans cover the cost of preventive dental X-rays.
As the Food and Drug Administration describes, a CBCT system allows dental professionals to take images using a cone-shaped X-ray beam that rotates around the patient. Unlike standard dental images, the CBCT image will show a three-dimensional picture of the teeth, mouth, jaw, neck, ears, nose and throat.
As an article in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research describes, MRI is a non-invasive method used to give an internal view of the hard and soft tissue structures in the body. MRI does not use ionizing radiation like X-rays; instead, it uses certain frequencies within the magnetic field to obtain cross-sectional images of the body.
Radiography extends far beyond the routine X-rays you receive at your dentist's office. Its wide range of uses is especially helpful for diagnosing and detecting oral problems early on. If your dentist recommends one of these imaging techniques, don't hesitate to voice any questions or concerns you may have. You can also seek advice from your insurance provider about which images are covered within your plan.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.
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Dental cone beam computed tomography is a type of facial x-ray that we provide at Pryor Creek Dental. It uses a special type of technology that produces a 3D image of your teeth, bone, nerve pathways, and soft tissue in the craniofacial region. It is not typically used routinely because the radiation exposure is a bit more than the typical dental x-ray.
Before getting this x-ray there are a few things your need to know. It is important to wear comfortable, loose fitting, clothing. Metal objects such as jewelry, hairpins, and eyeglasses may affect your scan and need to be removed before your exam.
Some of the common uses of the procedure include, accurate placement of dental implants, evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, and nasal cavity, surgical planning for impacted teeth, and reconstructive surgery. It is very helpful in producing a very high-quality 3D image of your craniofacial region so that your dentist or endodontist can pinpoint certain spots that are hard to see with other x-rays. Pryor Creek Dental provides Cone Beam x-rays for our patients who need more than just a traditional dental x-ray.
Make sure you have the right equipment to diagnose and treat your patients with a 3D dental X-ray imaging system from Dental Planet. Most dental offices today have upgraded to digital panoramic X-ray machines to provide faster results with less radiation exposure for their patients. This type of equipment generally focuses on 2D images, but if you want to offer certain types of dental services, you may also need the ability to capture 3D images as well. With dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), dentists are able to capture more detailed images that allow them to view teeth, bone structures and surrounding tissue from multiple angles. Learn more about the uses for 3D dental X-rays and check out our many options available at Dental Planet.
Super-detailed digital images have been a gamechanger for the field of dentistry. These X-rays assist in enhanced diagnostics and allow dentists to confidently determine the best course of treatment for patients. The ability to capture 3D image has pushed the possibilities even further, which is why many dentists use them for a variety of issues and procedures. For example, dentists can use 3D images to better plan root canals, dental implants and extractions. CBCT imaging is also frequently utilized when diagnosing TMJ disorders, sleep apnea, sinus problems and other issues involving the mouth and jaw.
A great solution for many dental practices is to choose a hybrid panoramic/cone beam imaging system that is capable of producing both 2D and 3D images. Its important to make sure that whatever model you choose has software that you can easily master. The field of view for the system will also affect which types of dental applications the 3D images can be used for. Make sure the machine size fits into your office space and look for systems. To maximize your budget, look at certified pre-owned X-ray equipment which has been refurbished to look and perform like new.
Dental CBCT stands for cone-beam computed tomography. Simply put, a dental CBCT is a more advanced form of a dental X-ray that gives dentists and prosthodontists more comprehensive information about the health and state of patients mouths, gums, and teeth.
A dental CBCT is used similarly to traditional dental X-rays in that our team members study images made of your teeth that reveal what is taking place beneath the surface. These types of images are crucial in the early diagnosis of many dental health issues, as well as the development of treatment plans to help promote a lifetime of good oral health.
During a dental CBCT scan, the patient sits comfortably while the motorized arm executes a complete circle around your head. The machine uses the images it collected from the session to reconstruct a three-dimensional view of your teeth, mouth, and oral bone structures.
Overall, patients can expect a greater wealth of information revealed about their oral health from a dental CBCT. This helps with early diagnoses of any possible issues and a well-informed treatment plan. For example, traditional X-rays only look at the teeth and bones. The dental CBCT scan takes soft tissues into account at the same time.
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