3D Cone Beam Imaging

Physicians have relied on computerized axial tomography scans (CAT), for many years. CAT scans are an X-ray procedure that uses many different X-ray images with the help of computers to generate cross-sectional or even 3D views of internal organs and structures within the body. A knee replacement surgery, for example, would never be performed without first examining 3D imaging.

More recently however, dentists have begun to rely on 3D imaging techniques and cone beam scans to provide them with a detailed view of the mouth and skull. The advantage that 3D imaging holds over regular dental x-rays is that the bone structure, bone density, tissues and nerves can be viewed clearly.

Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) scans can be completed in less than half a minute. The main use for CBCT scans is as an aid to plan dental implant treatment and other oral surgery. This technology is available on site at The Smile Enhancement Studio.

Dental implants are the most sophisticated replacement for missing teeth, but have historically proven to be time-consuming to place. CBCT scans vastly reduce the time it takes to implant teeth.

How are CBCT scans performed?

CBCT scans are quick and simple to perform. A Cone Beam Imaging System is at the heart of the CBCT scanner. During the scan, the patient stands stationary. The cone beams are used to take literally hundreds of pictures of the face. These pictures are used to compile an exact 3D image of the inner mechanisms of the face and jaw. The dentist is able to zoom in on specific areas and view them from alternate angles.

Previous patients report the CBCT scanner is comfortable because they remain in a standng position at all times. Additionally, the scanner provides an open environment, meaning that claustrophobic feelings are eliminated. The CBCT scan is an incredible tool that is minimizing the cost of dental treatment, reducing treatment time and enhancing the end results of dental surgery.

If you have questions or concerns about CBCT scans or 3D imaging, please contact our office.

Questions? Contact us at (250) 492-2608 or by email at info@smilestudio.ca and we’d be happy to answer them.

Penticton Dentists - The Smile Enhancement Studio is one of Penticton's most sought after oral health facilities in Penticton, British Columbia.