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Artaza Dental

Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry & Dental Implants Specialist located in West Houston, Katy, TX

Traditional digital X-rays aren’t always enough to view the underlying structures in your teeth and gums. To effectively carry out any dental procedure you need, Hugo Artaza, DDS, and his team at Artaza Dental in Katy, Texas, use dental cone-beam CT technology. The PreXion3D Excelsior CBCT Scanner, developed by PreXion Inc., is a groundbreaking cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) device. It produces 3-D images of the bone, tissues, nerve paths, and other underlying dental structures in your mouth, allowing Dr. Artaza to diagnose and treat many dental problems. To learn more, call Artaza Dental today or schedule an appointment online.

Digital Technology Q & A

What is a dental cone-beam CT?

Dental cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a type of digital X-ray that produces clear 3-D images of all the underlying structures in your face and jaw. Unlike traditional X-rays, these images are panoramic, so Dr. Artaza can see the full picture of your face, mouth, and jaw in a single scan.

CBCT technology allows Dr. Artaza to see your underlying bone, tissues, nerve paths, and tooth-supporting structures for more precise treatment planning. This technology is also important in diagnosing specific dental and orthodontic conditions.

How does a dental cone-beam CT differ from a traditional CT scan?

Unlike traditional CT scans, a CBCT scanner is shaped like a cone. The device moves back and forth around your head but nowhere else on your body. It takes targeted images of your face, head, back of your head, and neck. A CBCT scan can produce 3-D images of your sinuses and nasal cavity, as well as your tooth-supporting structures.

The cone shape of the beam combined with a smaller treatment area means CBCT scanners expose patients to far less radiation than a traditional CT scan. Traditional CTs are far more powerful, having the ability to view structures throughout your entire body. This higher power is not needed in CBCT technology.

What are some common uses for dental cone-beam CT scans?

The most common uses for CBCT scans are orthodontic and dental implant placement planning. A CBCT scan is an effective tool when planning orthodontics procedures and dental implants.

Since the scan allows Dr. Artaza to see all the underlying structures in your face, jaw, and neck, he can see exactly where he should place your dental implants for the best results.

Dental cone-beam CT scans can also help diagnose and treat many dental and orthodontic conditions. This type of technology is highly useful in complicated cases that involve:

  • Planning the removal of impacted teeth
  • Detecting jaw tumors
  • Planning reconstructive facial and jaw surgery
  • Placing dental implants
  • Determining tooth orientation
  • Evaluating the sinuses, jaw, nasal cavity, and nerve paths

To learn more about dental cone-beam CT scans, call Artaza Dental today or request an appointment online.