• A CBCT scan, also known as Cone Beam Computerized Tomography, is an x-ray technique that produces 3D images of your jaw that allows visualization of internal structures in cross section rather than as overlapping images typically produced by conventional x-ray exams. CBCT scans are primarily used to visualize structures, such as teeth and jaws, not soft tissue such as your tongue or gums.
  • Advantages of a CBCT Scan over conventional x-rays: A conventional x-ray of your mouth limits your dentist to a two-dimensional or 2D visualization. Diagnosis and treatment planning can require a more complete understanding of complex three-dimensional or 3D anatomy. CBCT examinations provide a wealth of 3D information which may be used when planning maxillofacial/endodontic surgery and complex endodontic conditions, dental implants, or surgical extractions. Benefits of CBCT scans include:
    • Higher accuracy when planning endodontic treatment or implant placement.
    • Greater chance for diagnosing conditions such as vertical root fractures, root resorption, perforations, and other defects that can be missed on conventional x-ray films.
    • Greater chance of providing images and information which may result in the patient avoiding unnecessary dental treatment.
    • Better accuracy for endodontic pre-surgery and retreatment planning.
    • The CBCT scan enhances your dentist’s ability to see what needs to be done before treatment is started.
  • Radiation: CBCT scans, like conventional x-rays, expose you to radiation. At the office of Endodontic Associates, the dose of radiation used for CBCT examinations is carefully controlled to ensure the smallest possible amount is used that will still give a useful result. All radiation exposure may be linked to a slightly higher risk of developing cancer. The advantages of the CBCT scan outweigh this disadvantage.
  • Pregnancy: Women who are pregnant should not undergo a CBCT scan due to the potential danger to the fetus. Please tell the dentist if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
  • Diagnosis of non-dental conditions: While parts of your anatomy beyond your mouth and jaw may be evident from the scan, your dentist may not be qualified to diagnose condition that may be present in those areas. If any abnormalities, asymmetries, or common pathologic conditions are noted on the CBCT scan it may become necessary to send the scan to an Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist for further diagnosis. If this occurs, we will discuss this option with you as well as the fee for the additional diagnosis and referral.

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