What is a CBCT scanner?
Our Planmeca Promax 3D Mid CBCT scanner is a high-tech and modern imaging machine, capable of producing incredibly detailed internal views of the mouth and jaws. A CBCT scanner uses very low doses of radiation to produce amazing 3D images of the teeth and the surrounding structures. Unlike traditional X-rays, CBCT scanners can distinguish between different types of tissue and this enables the dentist to see structures in and around the mouth in greater detail and from a greater variety of angles.
What are the benefits of a CBCT scanner?
The CBCT scanner has a range of benefits for both our dental professionals and patients.
What are CBCT scanners used for?
CBCT is the gold standard imaging method in dentistry, maxillofacial (MaxFax) surgery, and ENT for indications such as:
- Dental implant planning and placement
- Airway sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea
- Diagnosis and detection of infections and tumours
- Ear Nose and Throat investigations
- Nasal anatomy: septum, turbinates and sinuses study
- Oral surgery, orthognathic surgery and wisdom teeth extractions
- Facial and tooth fractures
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) diagnosis and evaluation
- Complex endodontic cases, high resolution root canal imaging
- Orthodontic treatment
- Periodontal disease
Advantages of dental CBCT scans
- Better image quality and accuracy, CBCT scans can focus in on a specific spot, allowing dentists to examine an area that is small as a single tooth’s root. The 3D capabilities mean that the dentist can view what’s going on in the patients mouth from different angles for better diagnosis and a complete evaluation.
- Unlike traditional dental X-rays, the CBCT scan can show both bones and soft tissues easily, this allowing the dentist to form a more precise treatment plan.
- CBCT uses lower dose of radiation than a conventional CT scan.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
Although the clinical examination is the most important step in the diagnosis of TMJ pathology, CBCT is needed due to the complex anatomy and pathology.
It is very common to take an image of the joint when there is locking, pain and articular sounds.
One important thing to consider when imaging the TMJ is the interpretation of the joint function, which can be accomplished by comparing the condyle in the closed and opened mouth position.