Digital X-Rays are a remarkable tool. They provide invaluable information to your dentist in Allen as they strive to monitor your oral health and diagnose potential problems. As wonderful as X-rays are, however, in some cases they do not deliver the level of detail that is necessary for your dentist to provide the highest quality care. That is why Dr. Kar has invested in an even more advanced imaging tool: A Vatech Green cone beam scanner, which is otherwise known as a CBCT scanner or CBCT machine.
CBCT stands for Cone Beam Computed Tomography. A cone beam scanner uses the same type of radiation as a normal X-Ray machine. However, it emits the radiation in a cone-shaped beam, which enables the machine to capture highly detailed, three-dimensional images. In addition to letting your dentist get an in-depth look at your teeth and jaw, it also shows connective tissues, nerves, and other details that would not show up on a typical X-ray. It can capture different types of images, including both panoramic and cephalometric (lateral).
Dr. Kar prefers the Vatech Green cone beam scanner because it comes equipped with advanced features that make it stand out from similar machines on the market. It restricts patient and operator exposure by using an ultra-low X-ray dose and it has specialized software that helps dentists make the most out of the captured images.
A cone beam scanner can be used for a variety of purposes. It is usually used to diagnose complex dental problems or help a dentist to plan for advanced procedures. For example, Dr. Kar may take some images with it prior to performing root canal therapy. The data it provides will let him know exactly what to expect when he is cleaning out the damaged tooth and seeking to preserve it.
Additionally, cone beam scans are often used in the dental implant planning process. Thanks to the detailed information from such a scan, Dr. Kar is able to place dental implants in a way that minimizes the risk of complications and maximizes the treatment’s potential for long-term success.
If you have ever undergone a CT scan in a hospital, you may already be familiar with what to expect during a CBCT scan. One of the key differences between the two types of machines is the fact that a CBCT machine emits much less radiation and allows patients to remain standing during the scanning process.
Before the scan, we might ask you to remove any jewelry that might interfere with its results. Then, we’ll position you in the machine, and you’ll have to stay as still as possible while it does its work. A scan typically takes anywhere from a few seconds up to 40 or more seconds. The process is completely non-invasive and pain-free.
Would you like to learn more about the Vatech Green or the other advanced technology in our office? Contact us today for additional information or to request an appointment.