CBCT Technology: More Than Just a Dental X-ray: Part Two

Cone beam CT is not the same as conventional CT. It has the advantage of lower radiation exposure compared to conventional CT. Total radiation doses from 3D dental CBCT exams are 96% lower than conventional CT exams, but deliver more radiation than standard dental 2D x-ray. It provides detailed images of the bone and is performed to evaluate diseases of the jaw, teeth, bony structures of the face, nasal cavity and sinuses. It does not provide the full diagnostic information available with conventional CT, particularly in evaluation of soft tissue structures such as muscles, lymph nodes, glands and nerves.

Patients should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to the exam. Metal objects, including jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures, hairpins, and piercings, including women’s wired bras, may affect the CT images and should be removed prior to your exam; also includes hearing aids and removable dental work.

CT scanning is painless, noninvasive and accurate. It’s major advantage is its ability to image bone and soft tissue at the same time. No radiation remains in a patient’s body after a CT examination. X-rays used in CT scans should have no immediate side effects. Today, CBCT has been described as the gold standard for the imagining oral and maxillofacial area, a dentist real best friend.

Dental Technology at Bellevue Overlake Dental

At Overlake Dental, the CBCT is integral to the practice of modern dentistry here. Your Bellevue dentist uses state-of-the-art technology to bring the benefits of his expertise and knowledge in oral care management to a wider community in Bellevue.