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Cone Beam Computed Tomography in Oral Surgery

At Southwest Oral Surgery in Glendale, we are dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients. Not only are each of our surgeons (and our entire team) committed to ongoing education to stay on top of advances and developments in our respective fields, we also carefully analyze new technology to determine whether it will improve the safety, efficiency, effectiveness, and comfort of the procedures we provide.

One type of technology that we have confidently invested in is cone beam computed tomography, often shortened to CBCT. This advanced technology allows us to place dental implants with confidence as well as perform other procedures with greater precision than ever before.

What Is CBCT?

Once a year (approximately), your dentist takes x-rays of your teeth to see what’s happening beneath the enamel and below the gums. CBCT takes a similar approach but provides an even more detailed and informative image.

Unlike the x-rays your dentist takes, which produce single images, the CBCT device circles around your head, taking up to 600 unique and distinct images. When these images are loaded into the computer and analyzed by the software, a three-dimensional image is created that can be manipulated to produce the most accurate imaging possible of your teeth and gums. These images allow us to visualize all of your teeth (both erupted and non-erupted), the orientation of the roots, and any anomalies that might be causing problems.

Using this information, we can better plan your treatment to ensure the best results.

How Do We Use CBCT?

At Southwest Oral Surgery, we mostly use CBCT to plan dental implant placement. The high quality images allow us to visualize exactly where we want to place the implant for the very best results. Using this technology, we can watch out for any anomalies in your jawbone that might prevent proper implantation, determine the quality of your bone, or diagnose the need for a sinus lift or a bone graft – before your surgery begins.

Other ways that our office uses CBCT include:

  • Determining the status of an impacted wisdom tooth to decide the best option for removal
  • Diagnosis of other impacted teeth
  • Identification of foreign bodies (an issue that can arise when facial trauma occurs)
  • Planning for corrective jaw surgery
  • Identification of lesions or tumors in the jaw
  • Determining the angle of the roots for effective orthodontic treatment planning
  • Analyzing the structure of the temporomandibular joint when dysfunction is present

Is CBCT Safe?

Like x-rays, CBCT uses radiation to create its images. Because of the number of pictures needed to produce the image, the radiation exposure is higher than what you’d receive from traditional dental x-rays.

We take every precaution possible to protect you from the radiation. CBCT is not used lightly, only when we feel that you will clearly benefit from the technology. Unlike dental x-rays, you don’t need to have CBCT performed once a year – it’s only used to plan for special procedures. Your safety is extremely important to us, and we would not use this technology if we didn’t feel that the benefits highly outweighed the risks.

If you’d like to learn more about cone beam computed tomography or have questions about this new advancement, please call our Glendale oral surgery office today at (623) 792-5794.

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