More Details on Dental Implants

Dental Implants – Cone Beam Technology (CT)

Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Your doctor may use this technology to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan.

Cone beam CT provides detailed images of the bone and is performed to evaluate diseases of the jaw, dentition, bony structures of the face, nasal cavity and sinuses. Cone beam CT has the advantage of lower radiation exposure compared to conventional CT.

How should I prepare?

A cone beam CT examination requires no special preparation.

Prior to the examination, you may be asked to remove anything that may interfere with the imaging, including metal objects, such as jewelry, eyeglasses, hairpins and hearing aids. Although removable dental work may need to be removed, it is advisable to bring these to your examination, as your periodontist may need to examine these as well.

Women should always inform us if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. See the Safety page for more information about pregnancy and x-rays.

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