3-D Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT)
Digital x-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool because they provide highly detailed images of your teeth, gums, and jaw bone. But cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT or cone beam CT) goes even further and enables us to see anatomical structures inside your mouth, such as root canals and sinuses, in 3-D without invasive surgery.
Although they have some similarities with conventional x-rays and CT scans, cone beam CT images eliminate the need for invasive procedures, shorten treatment times, and improve outcomes.
At Northborough Family Dental, Dr. Alex Moheban uses cone beam CT to plan the precise location of dental implants before we begin placement. CBCT gives us a detailed 3-D view of nerves, sinuses, and areas of low bone density. We use this information to create a surgical guide that ensures your implant is placed in an optimal position.
CBCT is also a valuable diagnostic tool for planning extractions and root canals and even diagnosing sleep apnea.