At Jacksonville Dental Specialists, we firmly believe in putting our patients’ well-being first. That is why we invest in state-of-the-art dental technology. One such piece of technology is our cone beam scanner, which is otherwise known as a CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) scanner. Just what is this machine, and how does it help us give our patients the top-quality care they deserve? Keep reading to find out.
While the term “cone beam scanner” might sound like it comes straight from a science fiction movie, it is actually a common device in the world of dentistry. It is basically an advanced X-ray machine. In fact, it uses the same type of radiation as a typical X-ray. However, it uses a cone-shaped beam of radiation — hence the machine’s name.
As the machine’s arm rotates around the subject (the patient), it captures countless images and assembles them into a highly detailed, three-dimensional representation of what it scanned. Depending on what the scan’s goal is, it might capture images of a single tooth root or of the entire mouth and jaw.
We do not use the cone beam scanner on every patient, but we may recommend that you get a scan done if:
A cone beam scanner offers numerous benefits:
Since the cone beam scanner uses the same type of radiation as a typical X-ray, you might wonder what the big deal is. The CBCT machine has some big advantages over a normal X-ray. For example, it produces a much higher level of detail. It not only allows us to see the teeth and their roots, but it also lets us examine nerves and connective tissues. It is also vital in assessing the bone quality in the jaw so we can determine whether a patient is a candidate for dental implants.
Would you like to learn more about our cone beam scanner and the other advanced technology in our office? Get in touch with Jacksonville Dental Specialists today.