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Everything you need to know about our X-rays

Posted on September 9th, 2021

What is a CBCT X-ray? A dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a type of x-ray machine that uses a particular kind of technology to generate three-dimensional images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths, and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan. The images we obtain with the cone beam CT allow for more precise treatment planning and gives your orthodontist a deeper understanding of your teeth’ relation to the rest of your jaw.

With the CBCT, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient's head to produce many images, also called views. The images created are high-quality and detailed.

Why does Uniform Teeth use a CBCT X-ray? Our Uniform Lab technology is deeply rooted in the imaging we can take from a CBCT x-ray. The detailed view of a patient's teeth, jaw, gums, and nerves allows our orthodontists to design the best treatment plan to keep teeth healthy and safe while moving them precisely. We use the CBCT x-ray in conjunction with the 3D intraoral scan, so we have a deeper understanding of what is going on at the surface of a patient’s teeth and all the way down to the root.

What else can a CBCT X-ray help diagnose? Because a CBCT x-ray can give your orthodontist a deep in-depth view of your teeth, jaw, gums, nerves, and sinuses—it can also help detect and diagnose many diseases and/or complications.

These include:

  • Airway sleep disorders such as sleep apnea
  • TMJ
  • Bone cancer, tumors, or cysts
  • Fractures
  • Tooth root infections, root canals, or other problems with the core of the tooth
  • Gum issues
  • Nasal anatomy, including septum, turbinates, and sinuses

The cone-beam CT scan is the easiest, quickest route for your orthodontist to diagnose conditions affecting your jaw, gums, and breathing.

What are the benefits?

  • The focused x-ray beam reduces scatter radiation, resulting in better image quality.
  • A single scan produces various views and angles that can be manipulated to provide a complete evaluation of the teeth and jaw.
  • Cone beam CT scans provide more information than a conventional dental x-ray, allowing for more precise treatment planning.
  • CT scanning is painless, non-invasive, and accurate.
  • A significant advantage of CT is its ability to image bone and soft tissue at the same time.
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