Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
We use digital x-rays because they expose you to less radiation and are valuable for diagnosing problems developing deep within your teeth. But state-of-the-art digital imaging using Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT or Cone Beam CT) allows us to visualize structures in the mouth in 3-D, including sinuses and root canals, without the need for surgery or invasive procedures.
At the office of Deborah Simpkins, DMD, we use Cone Beam CT to assist us in planning the precise placement of dental implants prior to starting treatment. The highly detailed images produced by CBCT shorten treatment times and reduce the need for invasive procedures. Since CBCT provides a detailed 3-D view of sinuses, nerves, and areas of low bone density, we can prepare a surgical guide to ensure that your implants are placed in their optimal position for the best outcome.
Cone beam technology can also be used to plan root canals and extractions and diagnose TMJ and sleep apnea.