CBCT imaging stands for cone beam computed tomography imaging. It is a type of medical imaging that uses a cone-shaped X-ray beam to produce detailed three-dimensional images of the teeth, jaw, and other facial structures.
CBCT imaging works by rotating an X-ray scanner around the patient’s head, capturing a series of two-dimensional X-ray images from different angles. These images are then combined using computer software to create a three-dimensional image that can be viewed from any angle.
CBCT imaging is commonly used in dentistry to aid in the diagnosis and treatment planning of a variety of dental conditions, including:
– Dental implant planning and placement
– Root Canal treatment planning
– Orthodontic treatment planning
– Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder diagnosis
– Oral and maxillofacial surgery planning
Compared to traditional two-dimensional dental X-rays, CBCT imaging provides a more complete and accurate view of the teeth, jawbone, and other facial structures. It also exposes patients to a lower dose of radiation than traditional CT scans, making it a safer option for many dental imaging needs.
CBCT imaging is typically performed in a dental office or imaging center, and is a non-invasive and painless procedure that takes only a few minutes to complete. Your dentist or dental specialist may recommend CBCT imaging as part of your dental treatment plan if it is deemed necessary for your specific condition.