Dental X-rays have been a fundamental tool in dentistry for generations. They have been revolutionized due to advancements in modern digital imaging technology. One of the most cutting-edge innovations in dental imaging is the CBCT machine, or cone beam computed tomography scanner.

The CBCT scanner, which circles around a patient’s head in order to obtain 3D digital images, allows dentists to identify previously hard to diagnose conditions like cracked teeth, broken teeth, and apical pathology.

The dental field is a 3-dimensional area, so traditional 2D imaging can be incomplete. Three-dimensional imaging with the CBCT scanner gives dentists a thorough and complete view of the entire area of concern.

What is CBCT and How Does It Work?

Three-dimensional cone beam CT scanners are a variation of traditional computed tomography systems. The CBCT systems used by dental professionals rotate around the patient, capturing data using a cone-shaped X-ray beam. 

This data is then used to reconstruct a 3D image of the patient’s teeth, mouth, jaw, and overall bone structure as necessary for each patient.

It’s a simple process for patients.  The CBCT is very similar in patient experience to a traditional panorex 2D X-ray that spins around your head.  You stand or sit in the machine while the machine rotates around your head generating the exposure.  The whole process takes place in an open machine in just minutes.While being easy on patients, the scanner is designed to provide dentists with excellent diagnostic clarity and detail. It can be a helpful resource for:

Like CT scans or other imaging techniques, this dental technology does involve some radiation, but it’s minimal. In fact, the amount of radiation experienced during a CBCT scan is similar to that of a typical cross-country flight. The benefits of CT or CBCT scans far outweigh any risks associated with radiation. Comprehensive dental care can actually prevent some forms of cancer, as well as offer a multitude of other benefits.

Use of the PreXion 3D Excelsior CBCT in Our West Bloomfield, Michigan Dental Office

At our West Bloomfield dental office, we are committed to providing you with exceptional service, comfort, and results, which requires state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging such as that provided by the PreXion 3D Excelsior CBCT scanner. We are proud to utilize this technology to ensure the best possible care and experience for you and your family.

Using the high-quality 3D X-ray images, we can provide a more accurate and confident diagnosis because more of the dental field is visible when compared with traditional 2D X-rays. Our application of this CBCT technology allows for a more thorough evaluation with more angles and views, all while using a single, low-dose scan.

This painless, convenient, and accurate technology also aids in communication with patients because you can see more clearly. Understanding your exact dental issue will allow you to become an educated partner in your own dental health.

It’s also ideal for patients who experience gag reflexes or other challenging issues while having traditional digital X-rays taken. We may still use traditional X-rays here in our West Bloomfield family dental practice, but CBCT technology adds another layer of service that can enhance your dental health treatment.