Radiation Impact Of Dental Cone Beam CT Scan

A particular type of x-ray equipment, Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is widely used for regular dental or facial x-rays. We at Implants Pro Center™, San Francisco, use the CT equipment to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your jaw bone, roots, teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways, skull, and bone in a single scan. CBCT helps the orthodontists and oral surgeon to identify problems more accurately, which might otherwise go unnoticed. Promoters of CT scan equipment say it is harmless and not dangerous.

You must be wondering about the radiation, and how does or will it affect you?

The most significant advantage of this technology is that no radiation remains in a patient's body after a CT examination. Moreover, when X-rayed with CT, there are no immediate side effects. At Implants Pro Center™, patients at all times stay educated of the probable risks, benefits, and substitutes available to them. The ALARA Principle (As Low As Reasonably Achievable), dictates that every precaution should be taken to minimize radiation exposure to patients.

As specified by the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, a cone-beam CT scanner is a low-dose scan that will let your dentist assess the anatomy of your jaws in all three planes. It is a useful tool for many dental problems. It is the recommended check to determine anatomical associations if an implant is going to be employed. The amount of radiation received from a cone-beam CT of the jaws will vary from approximately 18–200 µSv depending on the size of the field of view, resolution of the images, size of the patient, location of the region of interest, as well as the manufacturer settings. There are various cone-beam CT units and their approximate radiation dosages. A cone-beam CT can be a handy tool in planning your dental treatment, and your dentist will use this tool only when the benefits of the examination outweigh any of the minimal risks.

If the clinical benefit of a medically appropriate X-ray imaging exam outweighs the small radiation risk, then The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that dentists and clinicians only use CBCT when necessary.   Also, for diagnosis or treatment of dental disease, the dentist can use X-ray and examinations, including dental Cone Beam CT Scanner (CBCT).  

At Implants Pro Center™, San Francisco, we are equipped with all the modern technologies like 3-D cone beam CT scanner – (CBCT) for imaging, Intravenous Sedation, Platelet Rich Fibrin, etc. to provide nothing less than the best of services. Having an in-house cone beam CT-Scan machine enables us to deliver all the services under one roof. Our patients don’t have to visit multiple offices to get their treatment done. Having the best-in-market CT Scan machine helps us plan and deliver the best treatment possible. We also accept all major dental and medical PPO insurances, thereby reducing your worry about the cost of dental implant treatment, tissue grafts, or any oral surgeries.

Additionally, we have partnered with various financial institutions like Care Credit, The Lending Club, Healthcare Finance Solutions, to make your treatment extremely affordable. We also have a tremendously experienced and caring staff who will provide life-long care, maintenance, and support. You will be entirely at ease for any of your procedure. Feel free to get in touch with us to schedule your free consultation.

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