What can a CBCT scanner show a dentist?
Published on March 12, 2019
By Perio On The Park
There are lots of different types of technology being utilized in modern dentistry, all with the intention of making procedures safer and more accurate, thus improving the patient’s experience. When a dentistry practice chooses to invest in the latest technologies, they are showing a commitment to offering their patients the most superior service possible. Nevertheless, if you aren’t familiar with the technologies now being offered, you may feel a little confused about what they will mean for your dental procedure and how they will benefit you.
CBCT scanners are one such piece of technology now being offered by dedicated dentistry practices across the U.S. Here is everything that you need to know about CBCT scanners and what they can show your dentist.
What is a CBCT scanner?
A CBCT scanner is also known as a Cone Beam CT scan and refers to a digital imaging test that combines standard x-ray and CT technology to produce a hi-resolution image of your mouth, teeth and jaw that is far superior. This is because the images are 3D cross-sectional visuals which provide enhanced details about each part of your mouth that cannot be obtained with regular imaging tests.
The increased detailing means that it is possible for your dentist to plan your details with unrivalled accuracy and precision. Other distinct benefits of CBCT scanning include:
Less exposure to radiation since the cone-shape of the beam enables lower doses of radiation to be sufficient.
Faster scanning, meaning less time that you need to sit still. This can be invaluable for patients that have physical or cognitive disabilities that make sitting still difficult.
A painless, stress-free experience. The CBCT scan is no different in terms of preparation to any other imagine test and will be over in a matter of minutes.
CBCT scanners and gum and periodontal surgery
The gums are something that is overlooked when it comes to our dental health. Nevertheless, they play an essential role in keeping our teeth firmly in place. If our gums are compromised, not only could they become infected and this could have wide-spread consequences for our oral and general health, but they could also cause our teeth to come out.
CBCT scanners have shown to be a valuable tool for dentists who are dealing with gum-related dental problems such as gum recession. This is when the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, causing small gaps to open between the gum and tooth enamel where bacteria and food debris can become trapped can cause further decay. One of the key ways in which CBCT scanners can help is by enabling your dentist to assess the health and density of gum tissue to ensure that it is in good condition and will be able to effectively support your teeth or, in the case of a missing tooth, your tooth loss solution. CBCT scanning can also be used successfully in periodontal (gum) surgery to help treat gum disease and address any damage that it may have caused such as:
Gum grafting. This is when soft tissue from the roof of the mouth is grafted on to your gums to fix receding gums and give teeth better support.
Reducing gaps between teeth.
Eliminating bacteria and infection from the gums.
CBCT scanners and dental implant surgery
It isn’t just in gum surgery that a CBCT scanner can be extremely valuable. It is also routinely used in surgeries that have the technology for the placement of dental implants. Dental implants are arguably the most successful tooth replacement solution available. They involve placing a titanium post into the jaw bone via the gums which acts as an artificial root, and a tooth-shaped prosthetic is then attached. Since it doesn’t rely on any neighboring tooth and it is secured permanently when the bone grows around the post, it is a highly secure and durable way of replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
However, since the implant post needs to be placed into the jaw bone, it is necessary for your dentist to visualize what is happening below the surface of the teeth. The CBCT scanner creates accurate images of the gums and bone so that the implant placement can be carefully planned, ensuring that there is no damage to key nerves or other important structures. It will also help your dental implant dentist to check that you have enough healthy bone for the treatment to be successful.
If you would like to learn more about CBCT scanners in dentistry, or about any of the dentistry types mentioned above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our offices at your convenience. Our implant expert, Dr. Baradarian, would be delighted to meet with you to discuss your oral health needs.