3D-CT Scans

What is a 3D-CT Scan [Cone Beam CBCT Scanner]?

Cone Beam CBCT scanners are smaller-sized machines compared to the regular CT scanners that are available at hospitals & major diagnostic scanning centers. CBCT scanners are mostly available at the clinicians’, doctors’,  or dentists’ offices. FastNewSmile® Dental Implant Center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area utilizes CBCT scanners to aid us in our many teeth implant procedures.

3D CT Scan of Dental Implants in DallasThe CBCT scanner can be positioned for scans while you are seated or standing and all are handicapped accessible. Once the scanning process starts, the “arm”, which contains the x-ray source,  rotates around your head. While the arm is rotating, it captures multiple images of your head from different angles. These images are then reconstructed to create a 3D image of your internal anatomy.

Much Faster, Much Lower Radiation

3D CT Scan Machine used by FastNewSmile® in Dallas

When using a CBCT scanner, X-ray radiation exposure to the patient is around 95% less than a regular CT scanner and is done usually in an average of 14 seconds, compared to the regular CT scanner that takes a few minutes; it’s also less expensive than the conventional CT scanner.

Using a CBCT scanner is very important while planning to place dental implants due to many factors:

  • The need to visualize the anatomic structures that can’t be detected externally.
  • The CBCT scan information can be sent electronically to a lab where a surgical guide can be fabricated.
  • To decide if there’s a need to do any bone grafting procedure
  • Simulate the implant surgery on the computer prior to the actual procedure.
  • Helps to avoid the implant touching critical structures like nerves, teeth roots, previous implants, the sinus, and nose.

In addition to implant placement, CBCT scanners can be used for:

  • TMJ Study
  • Airway study (sleep apnea)
  • Cancer screening
  • Wisdom teeth position prior to extraction.
  • Root canal treatment in complex cases and prior to some orthodontic treatments

Cost and Preparation

FastNewSmile® Dental Implant Center offers these scans at no charge to patients who come for a Free Dental Implant Consultation right here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area! However, should you request a copy of the scan, there will be a $350 copy fee. Cone Beam scans average cost is $400 and no special preparation is needed.  Simply remove any jewelry that you have like earrings, necklaces, piercings, and eyeglasses. If you have dentures, you may be asked to remove them. A special pre-fabricated guide will be placed. Contact us today to schedule your free dental implant consultation.