During the exam that you receive twice a year from Prairie Fields Dentistry, we may want to give you an x-ray. This is normal and can help us treat your teeth better. An x-ray or a CT scan gives a clear image of your mouth to find possible problem areas. This could be decay, gum disease, or even bone loss. However, many patients ask us if there is a difference between a traditional x-ray and a Dental Cone Beam CT Scan. Yes, there is a significant difference. Overall, a Dental Cone CT scan can view bone and soft tissue at the same time in greater detail. Additionally, it does not leave radiation in the patient after use. Here is more information about a Dental Cone CT scan and how if may be beneficial for you compared to a traditional x-ray.
With increased acuity, Dental Cone Beam CT scans can identify a number dental concerns. Here are a few:
- Watching Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
- Observing Impacted and Wisdom Tooth Location
- Examining bone, tooth, jaw, and nasal structures
- Monitoring a Jaw Tumor and Cysts
- Recording Measurements of the Head (Cephalometric Analysis)
- Evaluating Facial Trauma
Specifically, a Dental Cone Beam CT scan provides more accurate results through high quality imaging. Compared to a traditional x-ray scan, Dental Cone Beam CT scans use less scatter radiation. Additionally, a traditional x-ray requires multiple scans to produce different views and angles while the Dental Cone Beam CT can provide a wide range of angles in one scan.
Opting to use sophisticated technology such as, Dental Cone Beam CT scan, is safer, more precise, and a better investment. At Prairie Fields Dentistry, Dr. Wolniak offers this technology for all patients. Learn more about treatments and state-of-the-art technologies at Prairie Fields Dentistry. Call today to plan your next visit!