CBCT Scans

CBCT scans or Cone beam CT scans are a special type of x-ray that produces a 3D image of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. It is non-invasive, safe and provides quick and precise results. In comparison to a standard 2D x-ray, a CBCT scan can provide additional information and allow for a more thorough diagnosis and treatment plan.

When are they used?

Dental cone beam CT scans are used by dentists for a variety of clinical applications. In our Miranda practice we may suggest a patient gets a CBCT scan to help with:

  • General diagnosis
  • Root canal diagnosis
  • Treatment plans
  • Airway assessment
  • TMJ assessment
  • Orthodontic treatment planning and assessment

Patient Preparation

Our cone beam CT scans do not require any special preparation. Prior to the examination you will be asked to remove any metal items such as glasses and jewelry from the neck and head region.

During the scan you will be asked to remain still while the x-ray machine moves around your head in a complete rotation and captures multiple images from different angles to create a 3D image. This will take around 15 seconds and you will not experience any pain during the exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are the most commonly asked questions we receive from our patients.

The scan itself takes only about a minute or so. But you should plan for about a 20 minute visit in order to take preparation and positioning into account
Typically, a CBCT scan is only required when a traditional dental x-ray is not suitable or sufficient. This could be when information is needed to help with diagnosis, for treatment planning and for evaluation of certain conditions.