London, United Kingdom; 04, July 2016: Most people visit the dentist a few times in their lives. Those that haven't looked after their teeth might need to take some corrective steps. Before devising a plan of action, dentists will usually take an X-ray of the patient's teeth. It has long been used as the way to get an overview of one's dental health.
The trouble with X-rays is they don't offer a clear picture of what's going on with a patient's teeth. Even if a panoramic X-ray image gets taken. The good news is that there's now a better way to survey a patient's teeth.
According to dental services provider CT Dent, cone beam dental scans are far superior. CBCT scans, as they are known, are also safer from a patient's health perspective.
What is a CBCT scan?
In a nutshell, Cone Beam CT (CBCT) scans get hailed as a revolutionary way to assess teeth. They offer a non-distorted and accurate views of the jaws. The beauty of CBCT scans is that dentists no longer have to rely on panoramic X-rays.
Instead, they can benefit from the different views that CT scans can offer. Examples include cross-sectional, axial, coronal, and sagittal perspectives among others. CBCT scans are accurate to within 0.1 millimetres. That makes planning for dental implants, for example, more accurate and precise.
CBCT scans are safer and more cost-effective than X-rays
Most people know that X-rays emit considerable amounts of radiation. Cone Beam CT scans are much safer because they emit lower doses of radiation. In fact, one scan is the same as five days' worth of background radiation!
More dentists are opting for CBCT scans with their patients to keep radiation levels low. But, the three-dimensional nature of the imagery means fewer scans are needed. And that also means lower costs for both patients and their dentists.
CBCT scans offer a plethora of advantages
There are other reasons why dentists prefer CBCT scans to traditional X-rays. For instance, they allow dental practitioners to carry out accurate orthodontic checks and treatments. Plus, they can give a precise 3D view of impacted molars within the alveolar bone. The scans also show their position in relation to adjacent teeth.
Cone beam data can also diagnose conditions with patients where they have restricted airwaves. And they can also get used to detect things like tumors, jaw deformities and diseases.
About CT Dent:
CT Dent Ltd launched one of the UK's first dental scanning centres back in 2007. They provide a range of independent dental scanning centres in a variety of locations. Using innovative CBCT scanners, they offer a vital service to dentists and their patients.
The firm offers a real alternative to harmful X-ray scans. Plus, there is now no longer a need to get referred to hospital for dental CT scans.