We are excited to announce we now have cone beam technology available for our patients here at Martin– Taylor Dentistry! Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a variety of x-ray equipment used in dentistry for specific procedures. When typical facial or dental x-ray equipment is not able to provide enough information about the issue in question, dentists choose this option. Cone beam technology can create three-dimensional images of nerve pathways, soft tissues, bone and teeth all in one scan.
How Cone Beam Technology Works
Considering the advanced nature of the technology, the process of a cone beam CT is relatively simple. An arm with a camera rotates around your entire head, taking pictures from various locations and angles to develop a thorough illustration. All of the images combine to form a single three-dimensional image for easy viewing.
How the Procedure Works
Depending on the specific type of cone beam CT scanner they have, the dentist or oral surgeon will have you sit in an exam chair or lie down on an exam table. They will ask you to remain as still as possible while the scanner rotates in a complete circle around your head. The rotation around your entire mouth will take between 20 and 40 seconds. Then, there will be ten seconds of regional scan that focuses on the area of the maxilla or mandible. You will not feel any pain during the procedure and will be able to immediately return to your regular activities after it is finished.
Common Uses of Cone Beam Technology
Because it is not a commonly used device, dentists will generally only use cone beam technology in specific, complicated situations. Some situations that a dentist would likely use cone beam technology for include:
- Surgical planning for impacted teeth
- Diagnosing joint disorder
- Helping with accurate placement of implants
- Evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals, and nasal cavity
- Detecting, measuring, and treating jaw tumors
- Identifying bone structure and tooth positioning
- Locating the origin of pain
- Cephalometric analysis
- Reconstructive surgery
Benefits of Cone Beam Technology
- The focused beam reduces scatter radiation, providing higher image quality.
- One scan can produce a wide variety of views and angles, so most people do not need multiple scans.
- The more extensive information it provides makes it easier for dentists to diagnose and treat dental issues.
- It is painless and noninvasive.
- It can take images of bone and soft tissue simultaneously.
- No radiation remains in the patient’s body after the scan.
- No immediate side effects.
We are excited to offer this state of the art technology to our patients in our beautiful new office. Come visit us soon!. Contact us at 520-747-9024 for an appointment and come visit our new facility on Speedway Blvd.