What Are the Benefits of 3D X-Rays?


Advances in dental technology now allow Dr. Joon Baek to take advanced 3D x-rays of your teeth, jawbones, and supporting structures through the use of advanced dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). This form of x-ray provides a hi-resolution, three-dimensional image of your mouth that allows for greater accuracy when diagnosing oral pathology or evaluating bone for implant treatments.  

This recent acquisition of the latest CBCT model from Vatech came at a significant cost, but the team at Top Dental believes that our patients in and around McAllen, TX deserve access to the most advanced dental technology available. If you are curious about the proven benefits of CBCT x-ray technology, this blog will serve as an overview. Click here to know more about out Vatech green CT 2 unit.

How Does CBCT Work?

CBCT utilizes a rotating gantry (a device that holds radiation detectors and x-ray editors) that allows images to be taken around a fixed area in the region of interest. X-rays are emitted in the shape of a cone. During the gantry’s rotation, and under the close supervision of Dr. Baek, hundreds of images are acquired and used to create a 3D model of the target area of the mouth. 

Special steps will be taken to prevent radiation exposure outside of the imaging area. A special vest will be placed to protect your vital organs while the x-rays are taken. A CBCT scan takes around 20 seconds, but the entire imaging appointment requires multiple steps (setting up, positioning, and scan verification, etc) that can take up to half an hour. 

What Are Some Practical Uses of CBCT?

The images provided by CBCT allow for more precise treatments and diagnosis compared to conventional x-rays. The 3D images provide high-resolution images that can be used by Dr. Baek to evaluate potential signs of disease.

CBCT scans may be used in preparation for tooth extraction. Top Dental offers quick and comfortable tooth extractions to patients in and around McAllen, TX. Before extracting an impacted wisdom tooth, for example, Dr. Baek may use a CBCT scan to locate the nerve to prevent nerve damage. CBCT scans allow Dr. Baek to map out the extraction while avoiding unforeseen complications. The extra step can shorten your recovery time. 

CBCT scans also allow for more precise placement of dental implants. Low jawbone density is one risk factor for dental implant failure. CBCT scans allow Dr. Baek to precisely examine your jawbone tissue to determine where the ideal placement site for your dental implant should be.

Dental exams are a great opportunity to explore the potential cause of dental pain. If Dr. Baek believes that your diagnosis can benefit from a CBCT scan, the advanced imaging can be taken at that time or at a later date.  

Benefits of CBCT

There are many benefits to using CBCT scans. The advanced form of imaging:

  • Requires no preparation before visiting our office
  • Can be completed in under one minute
  • Provides better quality images than conventional x-rays
  • Is completely painless and non-invasive 
  • Can image bone and soft tissue at once
  • Causes no side effects
  • Low radiation dosage.

Work With an Esteemed Dentist in McAllen, TX  

CBCT scanners allow Top Dental to utilize the latest dental technology to better serve your oral health needs. If you are preparing for tooth extraction, dental implant placement, or another procedure that could benefit from CBCT imaging, we welcome you to contact our McAllen, TX office online or by calling (956) 618-5811.