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Safety is your dentist’s primary concern in any procedure you undergo while in their care. While the X-ray exposure during the CBCT scan is higher than traditional X-ray examinations, your dentist will only advise and carry out this scan if it is deemed appropriate for your specific dental needs. A “medical” CT scan would have considerably higher exposure to X-rays making the CBCT scan a safer alternative.
Speak With Your Casuarina Dentist
It is advised that you discuss any concerns about a procedure or your condition with your Darwin dentist. They will be your best resource for explaining your situation and their safety protocols. If you have been referred to a different medical facility you should feel free to ask any questions about what is being done and why before you go in to your appointment.
A CBCT scan is a relatively quick procedure, lasting only a few minutes. Your Darwin dentist will suggest you allocate at least twenty minutes for set up, scan and viewing the images. To prepare for your scan you will need to remove any facial jewelry, piercings, or dentures. It is recommended this is done prior to your appointment to save time during the procedure.
During the scan you will be carefully positioned by the operator and will need to remain still throughout the procedure. The CBCT will move in a circular motion while completing the scan, but will not come into contact with you.
After The CBCT Scan At Casuarina Square Dental Care
Your dentist will need you to stay after the procedure until the images have been inspected to ensure quality. Once they are ready, the examination will yield three-dimensional images of the “volume” of your face. The volume will vary depending on your dental needs and will help your dentist develop a personal treatment plan.
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Alternately referred to as 'digital volumetric tomography' (DVT), the CBCT scan is a new variety of x-ray examination. While the traditional x-ray produces a two-dimensional image, the CBCT produces a three-dimensional image of your teeth, soft tissue, nerves and jaw. This will give your dentist a more accurate picture of your dental needs.
The cone beam CT creates 3D images of your mouth. CBCT cuts the radiation exposure dramatically when compared to medical CT. Both forms are superior to the routine intraoral panoramic x-rays your dentist might take as they help your dentist in doing the following:
- Provide extremely accurate measurements of the shape and dimensions of the jaw as well as the sinuses, nasal cavity and nerve canal. This is invaluable for precise placement of dental implants as well as measuring for oral appliances.
- Detect tumours and lesions in their earliest stages.
- Diagnose disorders of the airway that can be causing sleep disorders.
- Locate precisely where an infection is located in your tooth.
When Does Casuarina Square Dental Care Use a CBCT Scan?
The CBCT scan is beneficial in situations such as root canal treatments, impacted teeth, dental implant planning and a wide variety of other procedures where precision is key. If a CBCT scan has been recommended for you, consider having a discussion with your dentist about how a scan could help your individual dental health.