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3D Cone Beam

 

3D Cone Beam X-ray (CBCT)

A CBCT scan (Cone Beam Computed Tomography – commonly referred to as Cone Beam Scans) produces a crystal-clear 3D image of the teeth, jaw, sinuses, and surrounding structures to allow thorough examination of the oral environment for issues not always detectable on traditional two-dimensional dental x-rays.  While the full mouth series and bitewing (check-up) x-rays excel at detecting decay and incipiencies (small starting cavities), the 3D CBCT scan is superior for diagnosing bone infections and evaluating bone density.    

  

VATECH Green CT Machine

Meetinghouse Dental Care's low exposure 3D imaging by our Vatech Green CT machine produces highly diagnostic CBCT scans with very low radiation

(15µSv to 110µSv) compared to a traditional medical CT (2,000µSv – 5,000µSv).

The VATECH Green CT produces both digital 2D panoramic and 3D CBCT x-rays.   

Many patients have had situations where they are experiencing sensitivity or neuralgia that dentist after dentist have been unable to locate the root cause. Taking a digital single tooth PA is the standard of care for diagnosing any kind of dental issue, and it is what we would recommend starting with as well. But if that shows nothing definitive, and the patient is in pain, or insistent that something just doesn’t feel right, our dental CT scan gives us that next level of diagnostic capability. The cone beam X-ray produces a three-dimensional image of your teeth when the traditional two-dimensional X-rays just aren’t enough information.

 2D Panoramic Film

  

3D CBCT Scan

CBCT Scan Benefits

A patient may experience sensitivity or neuralgia for which the dentist cannot identify root cause. Taking a digital single tooth x-ray, which is standard of care, often results in images that appear clinically stable.  The CBCT scan gives our dentists another level of diagnostic capability that often allows us to find hidden issues. Our doctors can evaluate a scan for abscessed teeth, re-infected root canals, areas of chronically unhealed bone, bone density, sinus issues, TMJ complications, airway health, and more, creating a detailed report that provides background information, explains our findings, and provides a thorough summary and recommendation.

Meetinghouse Dental Care has found the root cause of many patients’ symptoms with the

3D X-ray, and come up with a definitive treatment plan to solve the problem!

The 3D cone beam scan drastically increases our diagnostic capabilities for areas of possible infection.  

 

 

CBCT Reports (Partial and Full)

Meetinghouse Dental Care offers three different CBCT scans.  

A Single Tooth Scan ($75) is used to evaluate a specific area of the mouth. This scan is often used to examine an area of pain or to check the stability of a root canaled tooth before proceeding with a restoration.  (No report.)

A Scan to Assess Site for Implant Placement ($140) is used to evaluate bone density / healing in a specific area targeted for ceramic implant placement.  The 3D software allows our dentist to select the size and shape of the ceramic implant and to seat it virtually in the scan in order to check angle and spacing.

A Full Scan and Evaluation ($400) is a larger field of view and is used to evaluate the entire mouth for possible issues. The written report provided is extensive and covers all discovered problems with explanations, pictures, and recommended solution options.  Full report scans are typically taken if we suspect multiple oral issues or if the full scan is requested by a health care provider who needs a complete breakdown of the patient's oral environment.

The price for the full scan and evaluation includes the cone beam scan full report written by Dr. Trovato.

Implant evaluations are done by Dr. He.  

Our CBCT technician will show and explain the 3D scan of the mouth in general terms, but any clinical observations need to be determined by a dentists and delivered in the report.  Reports typically take about 2 weeks for the doctor to prepare.  Time varies with the extent of report and the amount of reports the doctor currently has to create.

 

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The Full Report includes information on:

  • Abscessed teeth
  • Re-infected root canals
  • Areas of chronically unhealed bone
  • Bone density 
  • Sinus issues
  • TMJ analysis
  • Airway analysis
  • Oral Galvanism
  • Etc.