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CBCT Scanner – Katy, TX

Advanced Diagnostics & Treatment Planning

When you visit your dentist in Katy, you are probably used to having X-Rays taken of your mouth periodically. X-Rays provide valuable information. However, they do not offer the level of detail that is necessary to plan some of the most complex procedures that we offer. That is why we have invested in a CBCT scanner, also called a cone beam scanner. Read on below to learn more about this remarkable piece of technology.

What Is a CBCT Scanner?

CBCT machine in dental office, isolated against neutral background

A CBCT scanner is essentially a super-powered X-Ray machine. It uses the same type of radiation as an X-Ray. However, the radiation comes out in a cone-shaped beam and is able to take a 3D scan rather than just a 2D image. With the help of our CBCT machine, we are able to see bones, teeth, nerves, and connective tissues.

When Do We Use a CBCT Scanner?

Image from CBCT scan, being used for treatment planning

Because our CBCT machine uses more radiation than a typical digital X-Ray, we do not use it for routine diagnostics. Rather, we reserve it for special circumstances, when we need a truly in-depth understanding of a patient’s oral structures. We might recommend a CBCT scan for you if:

  • You are interested in getting dental implants in Katy . The scan can help us decide exactly where to place your implants in order to give your treatment the greatest chance of success.
  • You recently received dental implants. We may use the machine to check how well your implants have integrated with the surrounding bone.
  • You must undergo root canal therapy. With the help of the CBCT machine, we will be able to anticipate any challenges that we might encounter while performing your procedure.
  • Preparing for other treatments. A scan might be part of diagnosing certain conditions (such as jaw tumors and TMJ disorder), planning for the removal of impacted teeth, and more.

What to Expect with a CBCT Scan

Dental team member reviewing results of CBCT scan

The CBCT scanning process is quick, easy, and completely painless. Before it begins, though, we will make sure the scan is both necessary and safe. There is no need to worry too much about radiation exposure. Although the CBCT uses more radiation than an X-Ray, it still uses less than a normal CT scan.

To start the scan, we will ask you to remove any jewelry or other items that might interfere with your results. Then, we will position you in the machine, and you will hold still while it captures images of your teeth, jaw, and other oral structures. Depending on which area we are scanning, the machine might take anywhere from 20 seconds to complete its job.