Cone Beam CT: A 3-D View

An image of a CS 9300 scanning system

To get a better view of the anatomy of your face, mouth, and teeth, we use a high-tech cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) machine in our office. This advanced X-ray technique provides the best details of your anatomy, including soft tissue and bone, allowing us to specialize treatment for improved outcomes.

How does CBCT work?

Unlike traditional 2-D X-rays a CBCT machine rotates around the body, taking a large quantity of images using a cone-shaped X-ray beam. The computer then puts those images together to give us a three dimensional view of structures. This type of imaging gives us more information to work with when diagnosing, treating, and preparing you for oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures such as dental implant placement and the removal of impacted wisdom teeth.

How do I prepare for CBCT?

No special preparation is required, however, you should wear comfortable clothing and remove any metal jewelry, eyeglasses, and dentures prior to the exam. CBCT is quick, comfortable, and painless.

Radiation and CBCT

As with any X-ray procedure there is a slight rise in cancer risk with excessive exposure to radiation. However, CBCT machines produce less radiation than traditional CT scanners and our doctors only use them when they need a more comprehensive image than traditional X-rays can provide. Be sure to let us know if you think there is any chance you may be pregnant.

If you have any questions about 3-D imaging, or any other services we provide at Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral and Facial Surgery, please call us at Plymouth Office Phone Number 734-455-0710.