A dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan is a dental imaging technique used in implant dentistry for the accurate assessment and treatment plan formulation before the dental implants can be placed. The CBCT scan obtains clear three dimensional images as the scanner rotates around the patients head, with the imaging procedure lasting for a short period of time but producing hundreds of different images that help with formulate a highly accurate implant treatment plan.
Dental implants can be placed with a higher level of predictability with the help of the 3D images obtained through a CBCT scanner, compared to the two dimensional images produced by conventional dental X-rays. The implant treatments assessment, diagnosis, planning, placement, and actual restoration will all benefit from the information given by the precise dental CBCT scan images.
A dental CBCT scan offers a fast, accurate, and non-invasive way of getting important data necessary to formulate an accurate dental implant treatment. Comfort is not compromised as the dental CBCT scanner rotates around the patients head to get the precise images in just a short period of time.
The highly accurate images are used to improve the precision of diagnosis and treatment planning that involves the following factors concerning dental implant placement:
Quality and quantity of the jawbone
Shape and size of the jawbone ridge
Accurate location of anatomic structures in the oral cavity and general area, including the maxillary sinus, mandibular canal, incisive canal, and the submandibular fossa
Number of dental implants needed to provide solutions for the patients missing teeth problems
Precise location where the implants are to be placed
The need for dental implant-related treatments, such as bone grafting or sinus grafting, prior to the actual placement of implants.
Dental cone beam computed tomography includes CAD/CAM software that analyses the data gathered from the images obtained with the dental CBCT scanner. This software works in reconstructing the data obtained and produces three dimensional anatomical images, which can then be manipulated by the dental implant dentist to formulate an accurate treatment plan.
The dental implant treatment workflow becomes much more efficient, and a lot more accurate, with the help of CBCT scans. The software can be used to determine the best course of implant treatment, ideal implant type for the patients unique implant needs, as well as the implants angle, size, and location all before the actual surgical placement of the implant into the jawbone.