Digital Dentistry-Cone Beam

Digital Dentistry-Cone Beam

Posted by ENHANCEDENTALD on May 5 2021, 10:43 AM

Digital dentistry is a dental procedure that involves the use of computer-based or digital technologies or devices to treat your dental problems. This technology further enhances dental practices and reduces the physical steps of dental treatment. That is why dentists can provide automated and effective dental treatment.

Several treatments require computer-based technologies to treat the dental problem. Cone beam is one such type of digital dentistry. So, let's dive deep into the article to know more about this procedure.

What is Cone Beam?

A dental cone beam CT is a type of X-ray machine that is needed when regular dental or facial X-rays are not enough for the treatment. However, dentists do not use the machine frequently since the radiation exposure is relatively high compared to regular dental X-rays. It uses specific techniques to produce 3D images of dental structures, soft tissues, bone, and nerve paths in the craniofacial region. These pictures help in the more detailed treatment. They provide an accurate image of the bones and help in treating diseases of the jaw, dentition, nasal cavity, sinuses, and bony structure of the face.

Common Uses of Cone Beam

Dental cone beam CT is generally used for:

  • Scanning of affected teeth
  • Treating temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Assessing the jaw, nasal cavity, sinuses, and nerve canals
  • Detecting the source of pain and pathology
  • Ascertaining bone structure and tooth orientation
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Careful placement of dental implants
  • Tracking, measuring, and treating jaw tumors
  • Cephalometric analysis

Benefits of Cone Beam

The Cone Beam CT offers several benefits:

  • The cone-beam CT decreases scatter radiation that provides the dentist with a better-quality image.
  • A single X-ray gives you an ample variety of views and angles and allows a more detailed evaluation.
  • They provide more information than other X-ray machines, allowing precise planning for the treatment of the disease.
  • It is painless and intraoperative.
  • It can identify bone and soft tissue at the same time.
  • The patient's body is free from any radiation caused by the cone beam CT.
  • It has no immediate side effects.

How Is the Cone-beam Procedure Performed?

Depending on the type of cone-beam CT, you will be asked to either sit on the exam chair or lie down on the exam table. Then, the dentist will position you in such a way that the affected area is focused on the machine. You have to be still when the detector is revolving around you. 

Known as a full-mouth X-ray, it will take twenty to forty seconds for the machine to entirely rotate around your mouth creating a clear picture of the affected area. Thus, it is a beneficial procedure to consider.

Enhance Dental & Braces is your all-in-one family and cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and the VIVOS system treatment solution provider in San Antonio, Texas that offers cone beam CT procedures. For more details and appointments, call us at  (210) 396-7667. You can also schedule consultations online.


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