Like most industries, the dental industry has experienced quite a few changes and updates in its technologies. One of these developments is the introduction of CBCT scanning equipment After decades spent exposing ourselves to small doses of radiation each time we get an x-ray done, we now have dental imaging equipment providing us with an even healthier option: CBCT scans.
A cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) system provides a dentist with a 3D view of a patient’s dental (teeth); oral and maxillofacial region (mouth, jaw, and neck); and ears, nose, and throat (“ENT”). In addition, it provides a view of the soft tissue and also provides information on any work done prior.
Why Choose CBCT Scan Over X-Ray?
Regular x-ray imaging provides less information to any dental professional seeking to examine and design a treatment plan for their patient. On the other hand, the CBCT scanning system provides additional information such as soft tissue and procedure history due to the multi-dimansional view provided unlike with a 2D x-ray scan. These pieces of information can help establish a better treatment plan and avoid treatments that may not combine well.
The benefits of this scan over regular scans are many, with a reduction in radiation being the chief benefit. However, the low levels of radiation do not mean that a dental patient may have more scans done than is necessary to answer clinical questions. Guidelines for justifying dental scans exist for this purpose so as to provide clarity to dental professionals.