Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR
Early diagnosis is key when addressing any oral health issue. This is especially true, however, when it comes to life threatening health conditions. At Whole Health Dentistry, we can provide these diagnoses more quickly, thanks to CBCT technology.
What is CBCT?
You may have heard of a CAT scan, which uses rotating X-ray machines and a digital computer to obtain cross-section images of a body. A CT scan can show the bone, soft tissue, blood vessels, and muscles, of a particular area of the body—all in the same image.
A CBCT works exactly like a normal CT scan but is smaller, works more quickly and is safer for the patient. The smaller size allows a CBCT scanner to fit into the majority of dental practices without taking up a great deal of space. A CBCT scan is completely painless and takes less than a minute to perform, generating faster results for each patient. And, a CBCT machine emits significantly less radiation than that from a CT scan.
What is a CBCT machine used for?
A CBCT (cone-beam computed tomography) scan typically is used for diagnostics, just like a CAT scan. CT imaging usually is used to diagnose health issues relating to soft tissues such as enlargements or obstructions that may pose a health risk or are causing discomfort for a patient. The comprehensive images produced by these scans allow a physician to identify the specific problem at hand.
A dentist uses CBCT scans to identify airway restrictions that often cause sleep disordered breathing such as sleep apnea. This 3D view allows the dentist to see the soft tissues of the airway, leading to a precise diagnoses and treatment for sleep apnea.
CBCT images also are useful in the following scenarios:
- Planning for surgeries, placing implants, and other procedures that are minimally invasive
- Ability to diagnose a cracked root, an abscessed tooth not seen on a normal X-ray, cist, and root canal pathology
CBCT technology is just one of the ways that Whole Health Dentistry has made the commitment to providing top-quality care by using state-of-the-art tools. To learn more about the services we offer, call our office at (503) 462-1538.
Whole Health Dentistry is proud to provide total oral health care for patients in Sellwood-Moreland and Portland, Oregon.