So, without further ado, we’d love to introduce you to one of Carolina Complete Dental Care’s favorites—the Cone Beam Computed Tomography Scan, Cone Beam CT for short (and CBCT for shortest). What the heck is the CBCT? Oh, just a piece of equipment that has revolutionized dental treatment!
Does this Machine Possess Magical Powers?
While CBCT scans do provide superb detail to a point that could make it seem we have the gift of prescience, a great deal of thanks is owed to scientific progress. We think our patients will appreciate the many benefits of CBCT scans. Wondering what those benefits are? Carolina Complete Dental Care is glad you asked!
Cone beam CT scans are non-invasive, painless, and eliminate the need for messy impressions
In about 15 seconds, Carolina Complete Dental Care will obtain a panoramic view of your head, neck, and jaw
Reduced radiation exposure compared to traditional x-rays
Higher resolution 3D images allow for precise treatment planning
The speed and ease with which scanned images are obtained might lead you to believe we’re not getting a full picture, but Carolina Complete Dental Care will be able to show you everything they see with great clarity.
Do I Need a Cone Beam Scan?
If Carolina Complete Dental Care were only interested in what we could see with traditional x-rays and our own eyesight, the answer would be no. However, when we can’t see what Cone Beam CT scans can, diagnostics may be delayed. In some cases, this means not catching something until it’s visible to the naked eye, which may also mean you’re experiencing symptoms that worry you. Even traditional x-rays might not show us tumors in the bone that can be seen on cone-beam CT scans.
Differentiation between types of tissue – bone, nerves, soft tissue, and teeth are seen more clearly in CBCT scans
TMJ diagnosis – we can more accurately determine the severity of temporomandibular joint disorders
Jaw, sinus, nerve canal, and nasal cavity evaluation – these evaluations can help us diagnose obstructive sleep apnea and customize an oral appliance that gets you back to sleeping restfully
Locating pain at its source – we can eliminate the guesswork of what’s causing tooth, mouth, and/or jaw pain, then get to work solving the problem
Elevating Standards & Improving Experiences
When we discuss the advantages of CBCT scanning, the fact that oral health extends beyond the mouth is much easier to see instead of remaining an abstract concept—and the visual proof helps drive this point home, too!
At Carolina Complete Dental Care, we believe in treating people, not just their teeth. We take great pride in making the dentist’s office a warm, comfortable place to be, and find fulfillment in increasing your oral wellness and smile confidence.
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.