A traditional digital x-ray is ideal for viewing the underlying structures in your face, gums, and teeth. Modern practices use advanced imaging options like CBCT to get accurate impressions required to draft a fully personalized treatment plan. The team at Artaza Dental collaborates with Dr. Hugo Artaza in Katy, TX, and West Houston, TX, uses cone-beam CT technology, a PreXion3D Excelsior CBCT scanner to get 3D images of your nerve paths, tissues, bone, and other dental structures.
What is a Dental Cone-Beam CT?
A dental cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a digital x-ray producing clear three-dimensional images of structures in your jaw and face. A CBCT is better than traditional x-rays as it produces panoramic images. Dr. Artaza uses a single scan and a single visit to complete an inspection of your mouth and jaw.
Dr. Artaza takes a closer look at the underlying tissues, bones, tooth-supporting structures, and nerve paths to determine the best treatment plan. Through CBCT, Dr. Artaza can complete the diagnosis of specific orthodontic and dental conditions.
Differences Between Traditional CT Scans and Cone-Beam CT Scan
A CBCT scanner features an ergonomic cone shape. Your provider moves the scanner back and forth around the head to get a clear reading. The device takes required images of your head, face, neck, and back of your head. The CBCT scan produces 3-D images of your nasal cavity, sinuses, and tooth-supporting structures.
The beam’s cone shape and focus on a smaller treatment area are an added advantage as you are exposed to lesser radiation. Some experts argue that traditional CT scanners are more powerful and can view structures throughout the entire body. Fortunately, CBCT technology doesn’t need the higher power of a traditional CBCT.
Common Uses of Cone-Beam CT Scans
CBCT is mostly used for orthodontic and dental implant placement planning. Your dentist uses CBCT as an effective tool when planning for dental implants and orthodontic procedures.
Dr. Artaza uses the CBCT scan to get more information about the underlying structures in your jaw, face, and neck to determine the best position for an implant to get your desired results.
The dental cone-beam CT scan is also instrumental in the diagnosis and treatment of orthodontic and dental conditions. CBCT is highly applauded for its significance in handling complicated cases like:
- Detection of jaw tumors
- Placement of dental implants
- Planning the removal of affected teeth
- Evaluation of the sinuses, nasal cavity, jaw, and nerve paths
- Determination of tooth orientation
- Planning reconstructive jaw and facial surgery
Other Services Offered at Artaza Dental
Dr. Artaza also specializes in:
- Crowns and veneers
- Teeth whitening
- Dental implants
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Endodontics and root canals
- Oral surgery
- Same-day dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Restorative dentistry
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Artaza Dental is fully equipped to offer a wide range of quality dental services and COVID-19 vaccinations. To discover more about the dental cone-beam CT scans, contact Artaza Dental or visit the practice online to book an appointment at your convenience today.