Diagnosing Dental Problems with Cone Beam Computed Tomography

The mouth is a complex array of bone, nerves, soft tissue, muscles, and ligaments, and most of it is hidden beneath skin and bone. Because of this, dental X-rays aren’t always enough to see everything beneath the surface. When a deeper problem is suspected, specialized imaging techniques like this allow us to properly diagnose the problem and create a comprehensive treatment plan.

In fact, a large part of successful treatment outcomes involve careful planning before the actual procedure, and CBCT scans allow us to do just that. Since a CBCT scan shows all your bones, nerves, and soft tissues in extreme detail, it allows us to establish our approach before we even begin the procedure. Overall, this means you are more likely to have a successful outcome.

How CBCT Scans Work

During CBCT scan, the imaging machine rotates around the head in a complete 360-degree rotation while capturing multiple images from different angles. These images are then reconstructed to create a single 3D image. In most cases, a full mouth scan only takes about 20-40 seconds.

The Benefits of CBCT Scans

CBCT scans provide 3D images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone which are considerably more detailed than conventional 2D x-rays. Because of this, it allows for a more precise diagnosis and treatment planning.


For a long-term fix, you need to look at the whole picture…

For a long-term fix, you need to look at the whole picture…

The Whole Picture: Our goal is to restore harmony to the joints, teeth, and muscles, which can help alleviate pain, eliminate unnecessary wear and tear, and other issues that can arise from an unstable bite.