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What Is CBCT, And How Does It Help Endodontic Care?

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Every dentist’s goal is to provide endodontic care with as little discomfort as possible. Accomplishing this requires the right skills and the proper tools of the trade as a foundation. These points will allow the dentist to identify the source of the patient’s pain and determine and execute the right techniques to treat this condition. CBCT technology has become an indispensable tool in this process. It has led to notable changes in how dentists approach root canal treatments. Keep reading to learn a little about this incredible technology and how it helps your care.

What Is CBCT, And How Does It Help Endodontic Care?

Dental imaging is a common part of any oral health practice. Radiographs and x-rays and a range of oral exams are standard fare. A new form of imaging has been becoming more common at dental clinics of all kinds in recent years. This technology, known as cone beam computed technology (CBCT), is able to produce higher quality results than any technology before it.

These results come from the machine using a new technique where images are taken in a cone as the boom-mounted device performs a transit around the patient’s head. Over 600 images are taken in this sweep, which is then fed into a special image processing software. This software stitches these images together into a single 3D rendering of the patient’s oral structures. The resulting image provides unparalleled clarity and diagnostic ability. Your dentist can rotate the image to look at it from all angles and examine your sinuses, teeth, and bone structures in your facial features.

Dentists can use this image to identify problem areas with greater success than with traditional x-rays. Even better, they require far less radiation than older technologies. While receiving x-rays has been safe for many years, this just makes them even safer for all involved. By using CBCT technology in their practice, dentists can:

  • Detect conditions and diseases that are affecting the orofacial area, including oral cancer
  • Can provide highly precise measurements of the dimensions and shape of your jaw
  • Identify potential problems with nerve canals, sinuses, and nasal cavities
  • Identify the precise point where a tooth infection is taking hold
  • Greater ability to view existing dental problems in great detail
  • Use the image as a guide to navigating the canals during care

Another important result of these images is the highly accurate mapping of dental geography. A common problem in performing root canals has been difficulty in finding smaller or unexpected canals within the tooth. These canals could harbor infection, making it necessary to repeat the root canal procedure to get rid of it later. Being able to clearly see the accurate geography of the interior of your tooth greatly reduces this risk.

Speak To Your Dentist For More Information

Your dentist will be able to further advise you on how CBCT technology is aiding them in delivering your care. Call your dentist for a check-up today, and ask about how CBCT technology is used at their practice.

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Dr. Beau Blankenship, DDS Under the guidance of Dr. Beau Blankenship, Sabal General Dentistry brings dental care to families in and around the Rockdale, TX area with over a decade of experience. As a dental surgery graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center, he focuses on building patient relationships that last a lifetime.

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