CBCT-generated images provide detailed information that 2-D radiographs cannot offer. This greatly aids in precision, which improves the entire implant process.
What is a CBCT (3d) scan?
Cone Beam Computed Tomography, or CBCT, is similar to traditional computed tomography (CT) used in medical environments. Medical CT machines rotate around the patient’s head several times to collect adequate information—resulting in overlapping of radiation. The CBCT system used in our practice captures information using a cone-shaped X-ray beam, in one single rotation which is then used to reconstruct a 3D image of all the anatomy, subjecting the patient to 10 times less radiation exposure compared to medical CT.
CBCT offers higher resolution, sharper images, and better metal artefact reduction compared to medical CT. Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) technology has changed the way dental radiographic imaging is used, allowing dentists to treat their patients more effectively.CBCT produces 3D images, making it invaluable for dentists who specialise in reconstructive surgeries, orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, sleep medicine, dental implant and many other procedures.
What happens during your Scan?
During the scan, you will be positioned in the CBCT machine. For your comfort, we have chosen a Carestream Dental CBCT system, which features an open design, has wheelchair access and can accommodate patients of all sizes. Following your consent to undertake the scan, a member of our team will carefully position your head and ask you to keep still during the scan.
The scan itself is non-invasive, totally painless and is quick. You will need to remain as still as possible during the scan.
We will also ask you to remove metal objects, glasses, jewellery, chewing gum, hearing aids, not to swallow, talk or move your jaw during your scan. The positioning takes a few minutes, but each scan takes less than a minute to perform.
You might need more than one scan depending on the reason for your examination.
Please ensure you bring with you any items your dentist asked you to take with you for the scan e.g. surgical guides, dentures, etc. as you may need to wear this during the scan.
The whole procedure should not take more than 15 – 30 minutes.
What are the risks of a Dental CBCT scan?
Although relatively low, Dental X-rays and CBCT scans cause some radiation exposure; the amount of exposure is approximately the same as taking a five-hour international plane flight. Our radiographers work closely with referring clinicians to optimise your imaging protocol and care. This is to maximise the benefits achieved by using CBCT and outweigh any small risks involved.
That said, our practice only prescribes CBCT examinations when the situation calls for it. And, when we perform the scan, we adhere to the national guidelines As Low as Reasonably Achievable (or ALARA) principle to ensure your total safety.
Are there any alternatives?
No. Without this examination it may not be possible to use traditional dental x-ray pictures to assess the bone accurately enough to allow your treatment to be performed safely.
How to find us
Faces & Smiles
Sainsbury’s Pound Lane, Norwich NR7 0SR
T: 01603 700355
Mon-Fri 9.00 am-5.00 pm
Practice location Information
Drive into Sainsbury’s Shopping Centre. We are located on the left-hand side, a single storey building, wheelchair access and disabled parking in front with a large car park.
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Payment is made before your appointment.
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