Digital X-rays & Cone Beam CT 3D scans
We use digital x-rays to take pictures of your teeth, bones and soft tissues to detect any problems that may not be visible to the naked eye. X-rays can reveal cavities, periodontal disease, bone loss, infections, teeth vitality, bone tumours as well as wisdom teeth or other hidden structures.
Digital x-rays differ from the traditional x-rays in that they give the dentist much more information at a small fraction of the radiation. They are extremely safe and of great importance.
We take regular x-rays every few years to make sure everything is ok and there are no hidden problems.
Dental Cone Beam CT scans
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a low dose special type of CT scan used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. This technology produces three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways, sinuses, bone thickness, density and quality in a single scan.
Images obtained with cone beam CT allow for more precise treatment planning.
It does not provide the full diagnostic information available with conventional CT, particularly in evaluation of soft tissue structures such as muscles, lymph nodes, glands and nerves. However, cone beam CT has the advantage of lower radiation exposure compared to conventional CT.
Common uses of Cone Beam CT scans?
- surgical planning for impacted teeth.
- diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
- accurate placement of dental implants.
- evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals and nasal cavity.
- detecting, measuring and treating jaw tumors.
- determining bone structure and tooth orientation.
- locating the origin of pain or pathology.
- cephalometric analysis and treatment planning of orthodontic issues
- reconstructive surgery.
How should I prepare for X-Rays and CBCT?
Metal objects, including jewelry, eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures, hairpins and removable dental work may affect the images and should be removed prior to your exam.
Women MUST always advise us if they are pregnant so we can take all the possible precautions.