What is CBCT Scan?

Cone Beam CT technology would be utilized as the standard facial or dental x-rays may be insufficient. This technology can be used by your dentist to generate three-dimensional (3D) images of soft tissues, teeth, bone, and nerve routes in one scan. Minimal preparation is required when performing the procedure. Dr. Berzin utilizes the CBCT scanner to prepare a far more in depth image of the area (teeth, jaw bone and gums in multiple angles) requiring care because the standard two-dimensional x-ray would not show as clear of an image to perform a proper diagnosis and treatment planning.

How It Started?

Sir Godfrey N. Hounsefield developed the dental cone beam computed tomography technology in 1967. In 1982, it was primarily developed for angiography before it was eventually used in the application of maxillofacial imaging. But since the late 1990s, the production of affordable and compact clinical systems has been enabled and available in an advanced modern dental clinic.

Why Choose CBCT Scan?

In our ongoing commitment to providing the best possible care, we have the Carestream 9300 3D Cone Beam CT scanner and imaging system in our practice. This aids in patient imaging and allows us to complete the full diagnostic imaging, exam process and treatment planning under our roof.

This versatile system delivers a full range of dental imaging requirements. It delivers superior 2D panoramic radiographs, which are the foundation of most cases, but more importantly, it offers us an advanced capability of 3D imaging of the available bone for implant cases. It can also aid in diagnosis of otherwise undetectable problems like cracked teeth or pathology.

Benefits of CBCT Scan

Better Understanding of Patient Condition

To better identify the benefits offered by CBCT, it should be compared with the regular procedures. A major benefit of cone-beam CT is the production of 3D details in contrast to 2D. The quality of bone is more evident, and the accuracy of the CBCT aids in the precise evaluation of available bone volume. Therefore, this technology has significantly altered the process in the dental industry which has enabled dentists to develop quicker and more precise diagnosis, analysis, and treatment plans.

Enhanced Patient Satisfaction

A commonly unknown benefit associated with the use of the CBCT procedure is that it enhances the experiences of patients whenever they visit our office. Dentists are known to generate 2D views to visualize 3D images while patients cannot interpret 2D scans. However, as a result of the emergence of CBCT, patients now have the ability to clearly view and understand any present and developing dental issues.

Interactive Evaluation

Specific software is used to generate and format scan information which offers comprehensive application for implant site evaluation. The capability to manipulate the scan assists in precise treatment planning.

Recent and Unique treatment Alternatives

The data generated from the procedure may facilitate clearer implant treatment options, which may optimize treatment plans and outcomes.

Rapid and Painless

A complete mouth scan takes about 20 seconds but scanning specific areas can require about 10 seconds. A dentist can generate multiple sets of images from a single scan which will enable them to have an extensive view of the mouth, teeth and jaw bone of the patient. Every scan can deliver multiple angles and views can be easily manipulated to achieve a full in depth evaluation. The Cone Beam Computed Tomography technology is a painless, very accurate, and non-invasive procedure.

Higher Image Definitions

The images from CBCT scans are usually in high definition alongside exceptional details. Multidimensional analysis is possible as multiple images are developed in multiple planes. Dental cone beam computed tomography scans are beneficial in providing precise diagnosis and treatment planning for better dental implant treatment outcomes.


Dental cone beam computed tomography(CBCT) technology enables accuracy of diagnosis and treatment plans due to the precise scan results of the 3D images of soft tissues, dental structures, nerve pathways, and bone images CBCT scans generate, which are more extensive than the standard 2D dental x-rays.

Lower Dose of Radiation

The dose of radiation used during the CBCT scan is very low when compared to the standard medical CT scan.

How CBCT Scan Works

First step: Preparation

The first step in preparing for a CBCT scan is by visiting the dental office, depending on your schedule. There are no special requirements that are different from your normal routine. Several items may be required to be removed before undergoing the CBCT examination such as jewelry, dentures as well as other dental accessories, eyeglasses, hearing aids and hairpins.

Second Step: Appropriate Equipment

You will be required to put on a gown. You might have to wear a device known as a scanning appliance used during a scan when you decide to plan your dental implants. It comprises markers that may help in your treatment planning.

Third Step: Scan

During the scan, a mechanized arm performs a 360 degrees rotation around your head as it continues to capture different images from multiple planes and angles that will then be reconstructed to develop a precise 3D image of the field of view.

Why Dr. Berzin Utilizes CBCT Scan?

Advanced Implant Placement

The success of dental implant treatment is based on a number of factors. An important factor that contributes to implant success is proper implant placement, which necessitates adequate diagnosis of the available bone. In order to precisely diagnose available bone dimensions and bone volume, conventional radiology just isn’t enough.

This new CBCT technology will provide Dr. Berzin with fast, accurate, 3D imaging capabilities and high-resolution images of the head, jaw bone and teeth with unprecedented detail. This allows for impeccable accuracy during complex treatment planning. With this information, Dr. Berzin is able to comprehensively pre-plan the surgery, avoiding any surprises during the surgical appointment. Minimizing unexpected complications during the surgical visit is a priority for quality dental implant treatment success. The CBCT scan increases precision and may reduce surgery time, resulting in faster healing and improved success for our patients.

Improved Patient Safety

Cone Beam CT technology significantly reduces our patients’ exposure to radiation. As this is a digital system, the amount of radiation is approximately 94% less for any of the images we need to obtain, compared to conventional CT systems. As an added benefit, images are quicker to perform and Dr. Berzin has the ability to focus on the exact area that requires the scan, which means less x-rays in the future.

The system’s open design makes the process more comfortable. Patients can elect to stand or be seated during the imaging process.

Dental Implants in Just One Day

The advanced diagnostic and treatment planning capabilities of the Carestream 9300 Cone Beam CT technology will help Dr. Berzin to offer same-day implants for cases that usually would have required multiple appointments. The pre-operative, pre-planning capability eliminates any guesswork for even the most complex dental implant cases. Our patients will be delighted to learn that they can have functional, permanent teeth—all in just one day. That is something that you can now smile about.

Final Words

One tremendous advance in dentistry is the availability of CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) scanning technology. It is similar to a medical CAT scan, but with significantly less radiation exposure. The CBCT acquired data is reformatted with special software to provide a 3D image and manipulable images for accurate diagnosis and precise treatment planning. Dentists will prescribe a CBCT scan for a number of reasons. Sometimes we want to see a 3D image prior to surgery or implant placement for your safety and precision. Other times we need to see the jaw joints, sinuses, unusual anatomy or patholgy. Because of the high cost of this technology, you may be referred to our clinic from other offices that do not have this advanced technology. Our ultimate goal is to provide you with the highest standards in implant treatment planning and success utilizing CBCT scans. Why not visit us today at 2763 Danforth Ave., Unit 4 or call (647) 352-5577 and schedule your appointment with us!

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