In 2015 we installed the Carestream 8100 CBCT imaging machine in our modern endodontic practice in Phoenixville, PA. CBCT (Cone Beam Computerized Tomography) has changed the way dentists can see teeth and bone.
This extra-oral imaging device takes less than 15 seconds to scan an entire upper and lower jaw, less time for only a select area. Radiation exposure is minimal due to CMOS technology and software. With this newest imaging machine your doctors can now see inside your teeth and jaws in 3D. This will greatly aid in diagnosis and treatment planning.
Prior “x-rays” simply couldn’t deliver enough information to diagnose root fractures, additional canals, and complicated root anatomy. Planning for dental implants and knowing how much bone is available is now easier than ever with CBCT images.
Endodontic surgery has always been a challenge with only a partial idea of the problem until the site is opened surgically. CBCT images will let us know what’s really going on before the surgery begins. This will aid us greatly in knowing exactly what we need to do and even better predict the outcome.
CBCT imaging takes some of the guesswork out of the process. With a good image we can see the problem more clearly and advise you of the best treatment options available.
CBCT is safe for everyone. Our machine allows us to image both jaws and all teeth or just a small area of interest, reducing your exposure. You will be asked to remove all jewelry above your neck, hearing aids, glasses and any dentures, partial dentures or other oral appliances prior to the scan. CBCT scanning does not affect current dental work, oral implants or other implants during the scan.
Sadly, CBCT imaging is not yet covered by most dental insurances even though the technology has been around for more than 10 years. We are happy to submit a dental claim on your behalf, but ask you to pay at the time of the scan. If you have any question about this imaging technique or billing for services please ask one of the receptionists for more information.
Drs Terry, Silberg