Cone Beam CT or CBCT

Cone Beam CT or CBCT

Cone Beam Columbus, OH

Cone beam computed tomography, CBCT, or Cone Beam CT, is a medical imaging technique consisting of X-ray computed tomography where the X-rays are divergent, forming a cone.

CBCT has become increasingly important in treatment planning and diagnosis in dental implant dentistry, ENT, orthopedics, and interventional radiology. With the increased access to such technology, CBCT scanners are now finding many uses in dentistry, such as in the fields of oral surgery, endodontics, and orthodontics. Integrated CBCT is also an important tool for patient positioning and verification in image-guided radiation therapy.

At East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry, our entire team loves helping you develop optimal oral health as well as a functional and healthy smile. Our team uses forward thinking treatments and state-of-the-art technology, to ensure the most comfortable treatment for you. Our practice focuses on delivering personal care and developing individual treatment plans based on your unique needs. We emphasize preventive care and patient education because we want you to understand why it is important to keep your mouth healthy and how to do it. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment for an evaluation of the benefits of a Cone Beam CT or CBCT for you.

Cone Beam CT has some similarities with conventional X-rays, and with the standard CT scans you might get in a hospital setting. But it is a huge leap forward in technology and diagnostic precision. For East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry, it offers the ability to visualize intricate structures inside the mouth, such as root canals, nerves, and sinuses in the jaw, in three dimensions, without surgery. For you, it can reduce the need for invasive procedures, shorten your treatment time and offer the opportunity for a better outcome.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please call our office conveniently located in Columbus, OH at (614) 864-2561 or request an appointment online.

How the Cone Beam CT Works

X-rays, like visible light, are a form of energy on the electromagnetic spectrum. Just as light makes an image on photographic film, or a digital camera sensor, X-rays can also form an image. The difference is that energetic X-rays can penetrate bone and soft tissue and reveal its hidden structure by their varying degrees of absorption. They form a grayscale picture of what is underneath the surface. But conventional X-rays are limited because they show only one perspective of the image.

Now imagine a series of pictures, each slightly different. When you rapidly move through them you see a still subject from different perspectives. If you put together a series of X-ray slices of the same subject, taken at slightly different angles, you would be able to create a moving animation of the X-rays. And from there, it is only one more step to making a 3-D model.

That is what CBCT scanners do. Using a rotating imaging device that moves around your head, the scanner records between 150 and 600 different X-ray views in less than a minute. Then, a computer processes the information and creates a virtual model of the area under study. When it is finished, the model appears as a three-dimensional image on a computer screen. It can be rotated from side to side or up and down, examined in greater or less detail, and manipulated in any number of ways, all without you feeling any discomfort.

Where Cone Beam CT Is Used

The ability to see fine anatomical structures in 3-D has proven invaluable in treating conditions in many areas of dentistry.

  • Dental implants: Detailed CBCT images are used to determine the optimum location for the titanium implants while avoiding nerves, sinuses, and areas of low bone density.
  • Orthodontics: Having accurate information on the position of teeth and jaws helps determine exactly how and where your teeth should be moved.
  • Oral Surgery: Treatment for tumors or impacted teeth is aided by the level of fine detail shown in these scans.
  • Endodontics: We can perform intricate procedures, like complex root canals, and can benefit from a clearer visualization of the tooth's anatomy.
  • Orthognathic Jaw Surgery and Temporo-mandibular Joint (TMJ) Disease: You benefit when our team can treat these conditions by evaluating your anatomy with the three-dimensional perspective that cone beam CT provides.
  • Sleep Apnea: Imaging the tissues and structures of your nose, mouth and throat can aid in diagnosis and treatment of this dangerous condition.

The Benefits of Cone Beam CT or CBCT for You

Each patient's situation is unique and must be carefully considered by our team before any test or procedure is performed. While CBCT does deliver a smaller dose of radiation than many other diagnostic tests, it still carries a small risk, particularly for younger patients, or those with other health problems. As is the case with any medical procedure, all risks, benefits, and alternatives are assessed before the procedure will be recommended.

The Cost of Your Cone Beam Scan

The cost of your cone beam CT will vary depending on your individual needs and your treatment plan. We will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each of your available payment options before we begin, so that you can make the best choice for your situation.


Affordable Payment Plans

Your smile is an invaluable asset, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best dental care when you need it. East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans. Our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and paperwork. We will work with your insurance provider to make sure that your coverage meets your needs and your budget.

Please let us know if you have any questions about your insurance coverage.

A Mission Statement YOU can Trust for High Quality Periodontal Care

The entire team at East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry is focused on providing you with excellence in periodontal and implant care in a concerned, caring, gentle, friendly, and relaxed environment.

Our philosophy of care is multidisciplinary, to create partnerships with your general dentist as well as other dental specialists and provide you with the most comprehensive treatment planning and care that is available today.

Our team believes that communication is crucial for both you and us, both in written documentation and verbal communication. Value-based decisions are at the cornerstone of our personalized treatment for you. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment that works for your schedule.