A dental cone beam scanner is a special type of x-ray machine used in situations where regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. This type of scanner uses a special type of technology to generate three dimensional (3-D) images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths, and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan. Images obtained with cone beam scanner allow for more precise treatment planning.
A dental cone beam scan provides detailed images of the bone and is performed to evaluate diseases of the jaw, dentition, bony structures of the face, nasal cavity, and sinuses.
A dental cone beam image is commonly used for treatment planning. It is useful for more complex cases that involve:
- surgical planning for impacted teeth.
- diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder.
- accurate placement of dental implants.
- evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals, and nasal cavity.
- detecting, measuring, and treating jaw tumors.
- determining bone structure and tooth orientation.
- locating the origin of pain or pathology.
Dr. Fang will analyze the images, and he will discuss the results with you..
Benefits of using this technology are:
- The focused x-ray beam reduces scatter radiation, resulting in better image quality.
- A single scan produces a wide variety of views and angles that can be manipulated to provide a more complete evaluation.
- Cone beam scans provide more information that conventional dental x-ray, allowing for more precise treatment planning.
- Cone beam scanning is painless, non-invasive and accurate.
- A major advantage of your cone beam examination is its ability to image bone and soft tissue at the same time.
- No radiation remains in a patient’s body after the examination.