Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) radiographs are a type of medical imaging test that uses specialized x-ray equipment to produce detailed 3-dimensional images of the teeth, jaws, and surrounding structures. Unlike traditional 2-dimensional x-rays, which only produce a single slice or view of the area being imaged, CBCT radiographs provide a more comprehensive view that can help healthcare providers diagnose and treat a wide range of dental and oral conditions.
Some common conditions that may be found using this imaging modality include:
- Dental cavitations, or lesions in the jawbone
- Impacted teeth
- Cysts or tumors of the jaw
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
- Congenital abnormalities of the teeth and jaws
- Sinus problems and other abnormalities of the upper airway
- ‘Silent’ Abscesses or infections of the teeth or gums
- Fractures or other traumatic injuries to the teeth and jaws
In addition, CBCT radiographs can be used to help plan and guide surgical procedures, such as dental implants or complex extractions. This can help ensure that the procedure is performed safely and with minimal risk of complications.
Through the advent of CBCT planning, we can now facilitate the surgical placement of multiple implants to replace dentures much faster, efficiently, and the conversion to an implant retained bridge vs. a removable denture. In this aspect, the CBCT is not just a diagnostic tool, but also one to promote faster elimination of troublesome dentures.