Cone Beam C.t.
In addition to two dimensional digital radiography, Richmond Oral and Facial Surgery offers an advanced imaging modality known as cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). CBCT is a three dimensional scan of the jaw and teeth which provides a level of anatomical accuracy not possible with 2-D technologies.
Dr. Chau may recommend a CBCT under certain circumstances if he believes the scan would provide information that would improve your care. A typical example is in implant and bone graft treatment planning. Another example is evaluating the location of the nerve in relation to the roots of a wisdom tooth. Taking a CBCT scan is similar to getting another well-known x-ray known as a panorex. It takes less than 30 seconds to obtain a CBCT scan, and within minutes you can review the findings with Dr. Chau on a monitor.
Examples of Cone Beam C.T.
The above panoramic x-ray shows an impacted canine tooth in the upper jaw. However, the root of the tooth is not very clear.
A cone beam C.T. scan clearly and accurately shows the very curved root of this impacted canine tooth.
A cone beam C.T. scan was taken to evaluate this subtle jaw fracture in a patient.