September 17, 2019
Holistic dentistry is all about caring for patients — and not just patients’ mouths. That is why holistic dentists are always looking for technology that helps them plan and carry out treatment in the most conservative, precise way possible. In line with that goal, many have invested in a CBCT scanner. What exactly is the CBCT scanner? How can it enhance the care you receive? Let’s discuss these fascinating questions.
What Is the CBCT Scanner?
Essentially, the CBCT scanner is a special X-ray machine. It uses the same type of radiation to produce images of things that aren’t visible to the naked eye, such as a patient’s bone structure. However, unlike a traditional X-ray, a CBCT scanner uses a cone-shaped beam that produces extremely detailed, three-dimensional images. It helps a dentist visualize, not just a patient’s bones, but also their soft tissues and nerve pathways.
Uses for a CBCT Scanner
A holistic dentist will not recommend a CBCT scan for every patient because the machine does produce quite a bit more radiation than a regular X-ray. Nevertheless, this piece of technology often plays an essential role in helping dentists plan for complex treatments, including root canal therapy. The scan allows the dentist to know what is going on inside a tooth’s interior so they know exactly what to expect during the procedure. This is important because during the actual root canal procedure, the dentist most work within a very small area and is not able to see much of the tooth’s interior with the naked eye.
CBCT scans have a number of other potential applications. For example, they can be used after root canal therapy to determine if the treatment was a success. They can also help to diagnose issues with the sinuses and aid dentists who are planning to replace a patient’s missing teeth with dental implants.
Benefits of the CBCT Scanner
Some of the most outstanding benefits of a CBCT scanner include:
- The scanning process is fast and noninvasive. Depending on the size of the area being scanned, a scan might take anywhere from 9 to 27 seconds to complete.
- Patients do not have to make any special preparations for the scan. They should simply wear comfortable, loose clothing and be prepared to remove jewelry, eyeglasses, and other objects that might interfere with the scan.
- Although the scan products more radiation than a typical X-ray, it produces significantly less radiation than a regular CT scan. It is safe for the vast majority of patients. (If you are pregnant, be sure to let your dentist know so they can take extra precautions to protect the unborn child.)
Technology and holistic dentistry go hand in hand. Why not talk to your dentist about how they use a CBCT scanner to provide the best care possible?
About the Author
Dr. William B. Langston is a Texas native who has been practicing dentistry for well over 40 years. He places a heavy emphasis on providing care that promotes his patients’ oral and overall wellness. If you would like to speak to Dr. Langston about CBCT scans, root canal therapy, or anything else that relates to your oral health, contact our office today at 972-270-6533.
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