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CBCT Scan (Cone Beam CT)

What is it?

A dental cone beam (CB) CT scanner uses x-rays and computer-processed x-ray information to produce 3D cross-sectional images of the jaws and teeth Images obtained with CBCT allow for more precise treatment planning.

Why do you need one?

  • Dental implant planning and placement
  • Diagnosis and detection of infections and tumours
  • Oral surgery
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Periodontal disease
  • Complex endodontic cases
  • Diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder

What happens during the scan?

You will be asked to remove any earrings /necklaces/glasses/hearing aids/hair ties/dentures. You will be seated in the CBCT machine. Your head will be carefully positioned, and you will be asked to keep absolutely still while the scan is taken. We will ask you not to swallow, talk or move your jaw during the exposure. The scan will take less than a minute to complete. The procedure is pain free.

What are the risks

Whilst the scan does give a dose of radiation, this is extremely low and equates to approximately 6 to 30 days of normal background radiation – much less than a regular CT scan.