Cone Beam CT Scan Specialist

Virginia Dental Group PLLC

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in Fairfax, VA

Every patient deserves to know they’re receiving the highest quality care possible during every visit. That’s why Lida M. Vargas, DDS, at Virginia Dental Group PLLC in Fairfax, Virginia, decided to invest in cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), a 3D imaging system that allows your dentist to view every nook and cranny in your mouth for the most accurate diagnoses and treatment plans. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more.

Cone Beam CT Scan Q & A

What makes CBCT different than traditional dental scans?

When traditional scans and X-rays aren’t sufficient to give your dentist the information they need to diagnose a dental problem or create an individualized treatment plan, a CBCT scan can be used to target those areas. The cone-shaped device fits over your head, providing your dentist with a highly accurate image of your entire head and mouth in just a single scan.

Because they use more radiation than traditional X-rays, CBCT scans are most often used for more complex treatments. These scans can help your dentist see detailed images of certain regions that traditional machines cannot, such as:

  • Nerve paths
  • Dental structures
  • Soft and hard tissues
  • Bone in the craniofacial region

With so many angles to view, your dentist gets a much clearer picture of your diagnosis or treatment plan after a CBCT scan.

What are CBCT scans used for?

Dental cone beam CT is most commonly used to help with treatment planning for a variety of orthodontic problems. It’s also used for:

  • Diagnosing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
  • Planning placement for dental implants
  • Detecting and measuring jaw tumors
  • Planning before jaw surgery
  • Planning for impacted teeth
  • Evaluating the sinuses, nasal cavity, jaw, and nerve canals
  • Diagnosing tooth decay
  • Preparing for root canal therapy
  • Analyzing dental and facial trauma

As a 3D imaging system, CBCT scans are so accurate that your dentist can tell you exactly what to expect from your diagnosis or treatment plan, so you can feel more confident in your visit.

What can I expect from my CBCT scan visit?

Metal objects such as jewelry, glasses, and hearing aids must be removed before your scan to avoid interference with the results. Your dentist also needs to examine any removable dental work before following through with the scan. If there’s a possibility you could be pregnant, you must tell your dentist.

CBCT scanners themselves include either a movable table to lie down on or an upright chair. Scanners with chairs come with a rotating C-arm, which intensifies the X-rays, while those with tables include a gantry that also acts as a detector. Both parts move around the head to take the most accurate images possible.

In one 360-degree rotation, 150-200 two-dimensional images can be taken from different angles, and then they’re combined to form a single 3D image. This gives your dentist important information regarding your oral health before creating the right treatment plan.

To learn more about how CBCT scanners can make a difference in your dental health, call Virginia Dental Group or book an appointment online today.