CBCT Scanner

A CBCT Scanner in-clinic saves you time and money

If you’re a patient who needs dental implants, you want to make sure your dentist sees the whole picture before beginning this major dental work. So our dental clinic has invested in a new scanning technology called a CBCT scanner.

We view this scanner as an essential tool in planning the most optimal approach to dental implants. Our aim for all patients coming to us for dental implants is that they can love their smile again with a renewed set of functional teeth.

CBCT Scanner Orthophos S 3D extraoral imaging unit 01 Dental patient being scanned
CBCT Scanner Orthophos S 3D extraoral imaging unit 02 Quarter View

What is a CBCT scanner?

A Cone Beam Computed Tomography scanner (to give the full name for a CBCT scanner) is a specialised dental scanning device. It uses X-rays, beamed into a cone shape onto the scan area, to create a series of computer-generated 3D images. 

Our dentists use these images to see the underlying bone structure of the jaw. The scan also shows the soft tissue and nerve pathways around the teeth, gums and jawbones. 

What will happen during a CBCT scan? 

Firstly, our dentist will show you to the CBCT scanner. Then, we’ll advise you on where to stand – the CBCT scanner takes images of people while they’re standing.

The scanning component will rotate completely around your head in less than a minute. Within this time, the machine will take approximately 180 high-resolution 3D images.

CBCT Scanner Orthophos S 3D extraoral imaging unit 03 Front view with monitor
CBCT Scanner Orthophos S 3D extraoral imaging unit 04 Root Canal Teeth Jaw 3D X-ray

Benefits of CBCT scanners 

  • The CBCT scanner provides extremely detailed 3D images of the oral cavity, including teeth, bone, soft tissue and nerves, using low X-ray radiation doses.
  • It’s a streamlined device; it’s not bulky, so it doesn’t take up a lot of room.  
  • It’s a rapid form of dental imaging for patients and dentists; patient scans take less than a minute, and dentists receive results and images on their computer screen within a few minutes.

Procedures using the CBCT scanner

While our skilled dentists use the CBCT scanner primarily to plan for dental implant treatment, we use the scanner for other dental situations, including:

  • preparing for tooth extractions, including wisdom teeth
  • planning for root canal treatments
  • helping to diagnose temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ disorder).
CBCT Scanner Orthophos S 3D extraoral imaging unit 05 TMJ Disorders Airway Profile Scan for Sleep Adnoea Snoring

Why have we chosen to use a CBCT scanner?

We want to provide the most detailed and precise approach to your dental treatments, and we believe having a CBCT scanner gives us the best view of your oral cavity for treatments such as implants, extractions and root canals.

We’ve chosen a CBCT scanner from Dentsply Sirona, a global leader in quality dental products. The Orthophos 3D CBCT scanner is comfortable for patients and provides quality images that help us to provide personalised and precise dental care. 

Why choose us for a CBCT scan?

We’re always working hard to improve the dental experience for our patients. Having a CBCT scan at our dental surgery means you:

  • don’t have to go off-site to an external dental radiology clinic
  • don’t need a referral for this specialised scan
  • can have scans and dental treatment in the one visit.

You will save time by having your CBCT scan with us.

FAQs About CBCT Scanner

How long does a CBCT scan take?

An average CBCT scan takes between 20-40 seconds per jawbone.

What does CBCT stand for?

Cone Beam Computed Tomography.

Is a CBCT scan safe?

The CBCT scanner uses smaller amounts of X-ray radiation in less than a minute while you stand in one place. The benefit of the detailed images coming out of a CBCT scan outweighs the small radiation risk. Please speak with your dentist if you are pregnant or have other concerns.