3-D Cone Beam Imaging (CBCT)
Cone beam imaging allows us to see detailed, three-dimensional images of the teeth, bones, and soft tissue. These images have an advantage over traditional, 2-D imaging, as they can be moved around to see how the teeth relate to other structures, such as bones, arteries, and nerves, from all angles. This can help us be accurate in implant placement, as well as evaluate fractures in teeth to determine if a root canal will be successful. 3-D cone beam images are also useful when we evaluate the position of wisdom teeth and problems in the jaw joint. Not every patient needs a 3-D scan, but they are quickly becoming the new standard of care for certain aspects of diagnosis and treatment planning.