This is it - the last blog post in our series "7 Wonders of Modern Dentistry" (although, knowing us, we'd still keep you posted on all the latest and greatest in dental tech!)
Today, we're onto CBCT scanning - otherwise known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography (definitely has a nice ring to it, we know). It is next level x-ray technology because compared to the types of x-rays we've discussed thus far (panoramic, bitewings and periapical), it gives us three-dimensional views of your unique dental anatomy. It goes without saying that the previous x-rays we've blogged about only give us a two-dimensional, flat image - which is helpful in many cases, but they don't always provide us with all the information we need for specific dental procedures.
For day-to-day dental appointments, 2D images are usually sufficient:
* to locate general position of wisdom teeth
* to spot cavities
* to diagnose infection
We use CBCT imaging for implant cases as well as more complex cases, like full mouth rehabilitation. In terms of implant placement, for example, it's useful for determining the size of the replacement tooth. It also allows for greater precision with respect to fitting in with your existing teeth so that your bite function and aesthetics aren't negatively affected. It gives us information about the depth at which we should be installing the implant, as well as giving us a heads-up, so that we can avoid nerve injury and perforating the sinus during the procedure.
These are just some of the benefits of the CBCT. Call our office for more information, (416) 226-6688. Our Concierge Team is ready to help answer any questions.