Cone Beam CT
This dental scan is a specialised form of Computed Tomography (CT). CT scans use multiple X-ray ‘slices’ taken from different angles to produce a 3 dimensional image. Cone Beam CT offers an undistorted view of the dentition, providing 3-D images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan.
This scan is used when regular X-ray scans cannot provide enough detail, for procedures such as implants, orthodontics or interventional radiology.
For more information visit NHS.UK: CT Scans
CT scanning is painless, non-invasive and accurate. The ionising radiation dosage is significantly higher than that of a normal X-Ray, however the level is only equivalent to what would be experienced naturally in a few months to a year. The benefits of having accurate information from a CT scan will always be considered with the very small risks of the radiation by your doctor or dentist before referral. For more information visit GOV.UK: patient dose information
Is it comfortable for me?
The patient sits comfortably in a chair with their chin and forehead placed on two rests – like at an eye check – whilst the scanner moves in a C-shape around the patient’s head. Positioning takes a few minutes, but each scan only takes a few seconds – depending on the number of scans required the whole procedure should take no longer than 30 minutes.
Is there any preparation?
This procedure requires little to no special preparation. Wear comfortable clothing and remove jewellery that may obscure the image. Tell your doctor if there is a possibility you are pregnant.