CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) scan use by dentists is on the rise to provide the most precise options when treatment planning and increase patient safety to avoid serious complications. The most common concern from patients about the use of CBCT is the potential exposure to radiation; however, the CBCT is a single cone of radiation which decreases the radiation exposure to the patient compared to traditional methods of imaging to this level of detail.
CBCT scanners deliver high definition 3D images without exposing patients to high levels of radiation, allowing dentists to view the bone structure, evaluate potential diseases of the jaw, dentition, nerves, and the soft tissue of the face. Because of this, CBCT scanners are extremely useful for implant planning, impacted teeth such as extracting wisdom tooth, pathology and other treatment that requires detailed imaging of facial and dental structures.
There are several benefits of using a CBCT scan. Fundamentally, it increases the patients’ understanding of the problem and location by looking at 3D images compared to the traditional 2D images; moreover, dentists can make a complete evaluation from the accurate measurements and variety of views and angles provided by CBCT scans. The combination of better patient understanding and complete imaging for dentists allow for the best possible decisions to be made for patient treatment plans.