Cone Beam CT: A 3-D View
To get a better view of the anatomy of your face, mouth and teeth, we use a high-tech cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) machine in our office. This advanced X-ray technique provides the best details of your anatomy, including soft tissue and bone, allowing us to specialize treatment for improved outcomes.
How does CBCT work?
Unlike traditional 2-D X-rays, a CBCT machine rotates around the body, taking a large quantity of images using a cone-shaped X-ray beam which the computer then puts together to give us a three dimensional view of structures. This type of imaging gives us more information to work with when diagnosing, treating and preparing you for oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures such as dental implant placement and the removal of impacted wisdom teeth.
How do I prepare for CBCT?
No special preparation is required, however you should wear comfortable clothing and remove any metal jewelry, eyeglasses and dentures prior to the exam. CBCT is quick, comfortable and painless.
Radiation and CBCT
As with any X-ray procedure, there is a slight rise in cancer risk with excessive exposure to radiation. However, CBCT machines produce less radiation than traditional CT scanners, and we use them only when we need a more comprehensive image than traditional X-rays can provide. Let us know if you think there is any chance you may be pregnant.
If you have any questions about 3-D imaging or the other services we provide at Seattle Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, please call us at Seattle Office Phone Number 206-632-0220.