Dental technology has come a long way over the years, yet it continues to advance and offer tremendous benefits. One of the most significant advancements in the field is the development of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans.
Here at K Street Dental & Orthodontic Group, this cutting-edge imaging technique has helped revolutionize the way our dental team diagnoses and treats certain dental conditions.
Here are three key benefits of a CBCT scan:
Precise diagnosis and treatment planning
CBCT scans provide a three-dimensional view of your oral and maxillofacial structures, including your teeth, bones, nerves, and soft tissues. This level of detail allows for a precise diagnosis and treatment plan, making CBCT an invaluable tool for a wide range of dental procedures.
Compared to traditional 2D X-rays, CBCT scans offer a much more comprehensive view of your dental anatomy. We can identify issues that may not be visible with conventional X-rays, such as hidden infections, impacted teeth, and abnormalities in your bone structure.
This increased accuracy in diagnosis ensures that you receive the most appropriate and effective treatment, minimizing the risk of complications or treatment failures.
For procedures like dental implant placement or orthodontic treatment, CBCT scans are particularly beneficial. We can precisely measure your bone density and thickness, identify the optimal implant placement sites, and plan orthodontic movements with greater accuracy.
This leads to faster and more successful outcomes, reducing the need for revision surgeries or adjustments.
Reduced radiation exposure
CBCT scans have the advantage of providing 3D images while exposing you to lower levels of radiation compared to traditional CT scans.
The cone-shaped X-ray beam focuses on the area of interest, reducing unnecessary radiation exposure to surrounding tissues. This makes CBCT scans a safer option, especially if you require multiple scans over time or have concerns about radiation exposure.
We can also choose the scan parameters based on your diagnostic needs, further minimizing radiation exposure. The customizable scan ensures you receive the lowest possible dose while still providing us with the necessary diagnostic information.
Provides enhanced understanding for the patient
The 3D scan lets us show you the condition we need to treat, helping you understand the severity of your dental problem and our proposed treatment plan. This can lead to greater confidence and collaboration in your dental care.
We can also use CBCT images to educate you about the importance of treatment and the potential consequences of delaying or avoiding it. When you’re informed, you’re more likely to make decisions about your dental health and adhere to our recommended treatment plans.
CBCT scans provide the most advanced and effective diagnostic technology available. If you have questions about the advantages CBCT scans offer, reach out to us at our Washington, DC, office. Call 202-315-0856 today or click here if you’d like to send us a message.