X-rays are usually required before oral and maxillofacial surgeons begin the implant process. One of the best radiographs available is a CBCT scan. However, many people haven’t seen this machine before, and it can look intimidating. Not to worry, this article will answer many questions about the CBCT scan, so you feel comfortable about this imaging procedure.
Our provider is an expert in completing these scans. We also provide quality services such as traditional implants and all-on-4 implants and answer any questions you may have on keeping your all-on-4 implant clean. We are located conveniently in Fairfield, CA, for all your oral surgery needs.
What Is A CBCT Scan?
These letters represent cone-beam computed tomography. The conical design of the x-ray source rotates entirely around the head. It Takes multiple high-quality images during the turn using translation software that produces accurate 3D scanned images.
Cone bundle computed tomography is different from a traditional CT scan. It reduces scatter radiation which improves the quality of 3D images. It is also a small machine that can be used in the dental office for the patient’s convenience.
What Does A CBCT Scan Show?
CBCT scans can improve the accuracy of surgeons in your dental implant procedure. Here are some of what dentists look for in a CBCT scan:
- Nerve pathways
- Bone mass
- Mouth structure
- Sinus and nasal cavity
- Details of soft tissues
- Upper and lower jawbone
Do I Need A CBCT Scan?
If you are receiving an implant, the answer is probably yes. In some cases, an all-on-4 implant cleaning is done before your scan. CBCT scanning is a type of imaging technique that has been proposed for the successful placement of dental implants. There is always a stage of treatment before receiving an all-on-4 implant or a traditional dental implant.
Before all-on-4 dental implants are installed, the dentist will need to analyze the bone height, structure, and density. By providing this important information, your dentist can reduce the potential for complications before your dental implant procedure. It promises success in the osseointegration process.
What Other Reasons Will I Need A CBCT?
Although CT cone-beam testing is important for dental implants, it can be used for many other purposes. One reason is that it can allow your dentist to research a diagnosis. Here are some other reasons CBCT scans are used for:
- Reconstructive surgery
- Locating pain or disease
- Cephalometric analysis
- Detecting oral or facial tumors
- Evaluation and diagnosis of TMJ disorders
What Can You Expect During A CBCT Scan?
There is little or no preparation. It is fast for most patients and takes a few minutes. This procedure requires removing jewelry, metal devices, eyeglasses, and dentures to avoid interfering with the x-ray beam. Wearing the provided lead vest will protect you from radiation.
The CBCT process is painless and does not cause discomfort. Most machines have a stabilizer attached to keep the head in place. From time to time, the technician may ask you to bite on something to position your jaw for imaging. Then the machine will rotate around your head.
cone-beam CT scan images are available almost immediately. The dentist can then analyze the 3D and 2D images. Then, if necessary, you can return for another visit so that the dentist has time to do treatment planning. He can also search throughout the scan for any possible challenges or obstacles before performing the dental implant procedures.
Who Should NOT Get A CBCT Scan?
A cone-beam CT scan is not suitable for everyone. Always discuss your healthcare history with your dentist and his staff before you proceed. If there’s a chance you may be pregnant let them know beforehand. If you suffer from radiosensitivity you should also let your dentist know.
Patients That Are Pregnant
Pregnant patients are advised not to have a cone-beam ct scan. One reason is the risk it presents to the fetus. In rare cases, there has been research that shows the fetus could be harmed from radiation exposure. It’s always better to be safe. If you are pregnant, your doctor will discuss with you x-ray alternatives.
Your Visit To Fairfield Oral Surgery
We hope this information gives you more confidence about your next CBCT scan. This rapid procedure allows surgeons to accurately and successfully plan and complete all-On-4 dental implant procedures.
Our provider is an implant specialist with over 30 years of experience in oral surgery and interpreting CBCTs. When you visit our office, you can be confident that your dental implants will be precise with the help of this scan. Give us a call or make inquiries online today!