Conventional dental x-rays and clinical evaluations have been used to assist in the diagnosis of implant replacement therapy. Modern imaging technology introduced the Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) known as CAT scan, CT scan, or Cone Beam imaging allowing computerized 3-D visualization of the actual bone structure and density. This available technology has reduced the guesswork for implant replacement by increasing the precision and predictability of the procedure along with diagnostic purposes for other conditions.
The CT Scanner
Cone Beam scanning is safe. The amount of radiation is ten times less than a regular medical CT scanner. It takes 10-40 seconds for scanning compared to a few minutes for a reguilar scanner. These images are reconstructed to create a 3-D image of the internal anatomy. In less than five minutes, the dentist is able to review the scan with the patient on the computer screen. The dentist can then explore the patient's health condition and discuss various options.