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3D Cone Beam CT Scan


What is a Cone Beam CT Scan?

Dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a special type of x-ray used when regular dental x-rays are not sufficient. We may use this technology to produce three dimensional 3D images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan.  Images obtained with cone beam CT allow for more precise treatment planning.

CBCT is not the same as conventional CT. However, dental cone beam CT can be used to produce images that are similar to those produced by conventional CT imaging.

With cone beam CT, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient to produce a large number of images, also called views. CT scans and cone beam CT both produce high-quality images.

Dental cone beam CT was developed as a means of producing similar types of images but with a much smaller and less expensive machine that could be placed in the dentist’s office.

Cone beam CT provides detailed images of the bone and is performed to evaluate diseases of the jaw, dentition, bone structure, nasal cavity and sinuses. The cone beam CT has the advantage of lower radiation exposure compared to conventional CT.


What are some common uses of the procedure?

It is useful for more complex cases that involve:

  • surgical planning for impacted teeth..
  • 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.
  • reconstructive surgery.


How do I prepare?

This procedure requires little to no special preparation. Tell your doctor if there’s a possibility that you are pregnant. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and leave jewellery, eyeglasses, metal dentures and hair clips at home or remove them before the exam.

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