Cone Beam CT Scan

What Is Cone Beam CT Scan?

Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is a particular type of X-ray machine used in situations where a traditional dental X-ray is not sufficient. It is also used as diagnostic imaging to find the pathology of oral and maxillofacial (jaw and face) structures.

This type of CT scanner uses a special kind of technology to generate three-dimensional (3-D) 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.

emporomandibular joint—the joint which connects your jawbone to your skull. This is the most complex joint in the body because it allows such a variety of movements. The lower jaw can open and close, can protrude or retract, and can slide from side to side. If the joint or the attached muscles become inflamed, this causes TMJ disorder and leads to many painful symptoms. TMJ disorder can cause headaches, difficulty sleeping, and shift your teeth’s natural bite or limit the movement of your jaw.

Contact Us

Why do I need a Cone Beam CT Scan?

Dentists commonly use a Dental Cone Beam CT for treatment planning of orthodontics and dental implants. The advancement of dental medicine has brought about some of the most incredible methods for medical imaging. Cone Beam CT imaging is also helpful for more complex cases that involve:

  • Surgical planning for impacted teeth.

  • Evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals, and nasal cavity.

  • Diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

  • Accurate and safe placement of dental implants.

  • Determining bone structure and tooth orientation.

  • Locating the origin of pain or pathology.

  • Cephalometric analysis.

  • Reconstructive surgery.

Photo credits: