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A standard CT scan, also known as “computed tomography,” is a type of medical imaging that combines several X-ray measurements into virtual “slices” of an object, allowing the physician to examine within it without cutting into it. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a subtype of this imaging that is excellent for dental, orthodontic, oral surgery, and endodontic applications. Today, we’ll go a bit deeper into this interesting technology, which is becoming increasingly important in the identification and treatment of dental issues.
What are the hazards associated with dental X-rays?
Dental Cone Beam CT scans have considerably less radiation than typical CT scans that you would have in a hospital, but they do have more x-ray radiation than a regular x-ray. As a result, the dentist will make every effort to restrict the number of scans you have.
It’s worth noting that senior people (those over the age of 60) are less likely to be exposed to radiation since their teeth are less vulnerable to the effects.
If you are pregnant, please notify your dentist so that the scan can be adjusted or other arrangements can be arranged.
Is it conceivable that a CT scan might cause cancer?
A single or limited number of CT scans are unlikely to cause cancer since the radiation exposure is inadequate. This is especially true for the elderly and grownups.
Tell your dentist if you’ve recently had CT scans so they can consider the dose when deciding when and if you need another CBCT scan.
What is the impact of metal on a CT scan?
X-rays work by traveling through objects and generating an image with varying densities. The darker the image on the x-ray, the denser the substance through which the x-rays are attempting to pass. As a result, soft tissues are nearly completely obscured, whereas bone shows as a white area. Metal can conceal the bone because it prevents x-rays from passing behind the metal framework (which your dentist needs to examine).
As a result, jewelry and other metal objects should be removed from the patient’s head, face, and neck if at all possible.
Is it feasible to undergo a CT scan of the neck while wearing full plastic dentures?
Wearing full plastic dentures should have no negative influence on the CT image. However, depending on the type of image your dentist is looking for, you may be asked to take your dentures off before the CT scan.
IN WHAT WAY IS A CBCT USED FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Many Cone Beam scanner software installations are directly connected with dental implant planning software packages and platforms, and a CT scan is used in the diagnostic phases of dental implants. This enables your dentist to virtually place a dental implant prior to surgery.
Dental implants come in a variety of lengths and widths, and your dentist may use CT scan 3D images to create the precise length and breadth of each implant with absolute clarity and precision.
In certain circumstances, CT scan findings may be transmitted to CADCAM software, which can then be utilized to build a genuine implant guide for a dentist. This implant guide will be put over your existing teeth and will have a hole for the dental implant to be inserted through. The hole will be drilled at the precise angle required by the dentist for the placement of the dental implant.