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Cone Beam Computed Tomography Scan (CBCT)

A CBCT is an extraoral imaging technique consisting of a cone- shaped beam & radiographic detector that rotates around the patient’ head & collects numerous distinct images into three dimensional views.

Cone beam computed tomography technology has transfigured the field of dentistry via its enhanced visualization & precise pre-operative treatment planning. Most of the dentists rely on this technology as it provides the comprehensive detail of the mouth & skull.

The advantage this technology holds over conventional dental x-rays is that the density of bone, structure of bone, anatomic landmarks, nerves & tissues can be viewed distinctly & the scan takes less than a minute with far less radiation. CBCT scan plays a vital role in planning dental implant treatment, root canal treatment, complex orthodontic treatment & other oral surgery procedures.

As we all know, dental implant is the revolutionary & most favoured treatment for replacing or restoring missing teeth & also demands dexterity for the placement. CBCT scans makes it easier & extensively reduces the time of the procedure.

Preoperative treatment planning with CBCT scan also assimilates use of surgical guides, essential design of the restoration & abutment along with their subsequent manufacturing. These virtual design options & enhanced visualizations allow to never known extent of prosthetically driven implant planning. With the use of same digital data, temporary restorations can be fabricated prior to the surgery so that they can be delivered immediately following the surgery.

Additional applications of CBCT also include:

  • Facial fractures assessment.
  • Temporomandibular joint imaging.
  • Evaluation of pathological lesions like: tumors, cysts, giant cell lesions, osseous dysplasia etc.
  • To plan surgical endodontic procedures & assess perforations, perio-endo lesions, resorption lesions etc.
  • Planning orthognathic surgery.
  • Evaluation of the bony walls of maxillary antrum.

Dr. Sachdeva’s Dental Institute highly believes how important it is to understand the patient’s needs regarding the surgery & prosthetic requirements. We recommend all our implant patients to get their CBCT scans prior to the appointment since it enables us to visualize anatomic variations & undetectable pathologies. Also, it reduces the chance of injuring the important anatomical structures by allowing us to precisely place the implant.

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is one of the most remarkable advancement in the field of dentistry. When used properly, the technology can highly enhance the diagnosis & treatment planning of the cases.