We are pleased to offer our patients the latest imaging technology in dentistry in our office. Cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a type of x-ray machine used in situations where regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. This CT scanner is able to generate three dimensional (3-D) images of dental structures, nerve paths and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan. Images obtained with cone beam CT allow for more precise treatment planning for dental implants and many extraction cases.
With cone beam CT, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient to produce a large number of images, also called views. CT scans and cone beam CT both produce high-quality images.
Panoramic radiography, also called panoramic x-ray or pano, is a two-dimensional (2-D) dental x-ray examination that captures the entire mouth in a single image, including the teeth, upper and lower jaws, surrounding structures and tissues. A panoramic x-ray (often called a panorex) is a requirement for all wisdom teeth extractions and most other extractions.
The jaw is a curved structure similar to that of a horseshoe. However, the panoramic x-ray produces a flat image of the curved structure. It usually provides details of the bones and teeth.