When you visit our practice at K Street Dental & Orthodontic Group, we may request a CBCT scan for various reasons. But why, and what is it?
Our team of dental professionals in Washington, DC, work to capture the most accurate, detailed information about your oral health to proceed with specific treatments so we can give you the best oral health care possible.
CBCT scan explained
A cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan rotates around your head, taking images using a cone-shaped X-ray. It takes about 150-200 pictures at every angle to produce a 3D image of your:
We use CBCT scans to enhance our cosmetic, orthodontic, endodontic, and implant services.
More specifically, it’s a superior technology for various applications, including dental implant planning, cleft palate assessment, root canal diagnosis, visual of abnormal teeth, and an in-depth look at dental trauma.
Why you might need a CBCT scan
We use CBCT scans to show images of your bones, soft tissues, and nerves in extreme detail, which allows us to diagnose your problem and provide a competent and successful treatment plan.
A CBCT scan can help determine:
- Measurements of your jaw
- Issues with your nasal cavity
- Problems with your gums
It can also show us the root source of your pain.
What to expect during a CBCT scan
Before your CBCT scan begins, we ask you to remove all jewelry, eyeglasses, any type of metal objects, and hearing aids if you wear them.
During this noninvasive scan, simply remain as still as possible. The machine rotates around your head for about 30 seconds, and then your scan is complete. The process is that quick.
If you might be pregnant, we advise you not to have the scan.
Benefits of a CBCT scan
We use the CBCT scan for its highly accurate results, which help us detect your problem, treat it effectively, and help you achieve excellent oral health.
Compared to traditional X-rays, the CBCT scan provides many advantages, including:
- Better picture quality
- A more detailed visual of your dental health
- Lower dose of radiation
- Fewer scans
- Images of your bones and soft tissues
- Comfortable experience
Overall, the CBCT scan provides more comprehensive information about your oral health.
To learn more about CBCT scans, feel free to ask us questions. We’re equipped with the latest technology to provide you with the most advanced treatments that give you superior outcomes.
To schedule a consultation at K Street Dental & Orthodontic Group, contact us by phone to book your appointment today.