So you’ve decided to make a dental appointment after a long period of time. Firstly, congratulations! Brushing and flossing on a regular basis are great to help maintain great oral hygiene, but getting your teeth and gums examined by a professional at one of Capital Dentistry’s offices throughout Ottawa is imperative. They can further inspect your mouth (bathroom mirrors can only achieve so much!) and provide an assessment on your current daily regimen of maintaining your mouth health. In some cases your Ottawa dental professional may need to take an x-ray of your mouth to get an even closer look at potential issues you may be having. X-rays have proven themselves to be quite successful during dental procedures. However, sometimes the traditional x-rays aren’t as exact enough. What happens in this case? Enter Cone Beam Computed Tomography Scanning. Yes, it’s a mouthful (in both senses). It takes x-raying to the next level and can provide three-dimensional images of your mouth, jaw, nose ears and throat. Typically, the cone beam scanner is only used during certain procedures because of elevated amounts of radiation that are required for it. Some of these procedures may include:
- Placement for dental implants
- Determining bone structure and tooth orientation
- Aiding with diagnosing TMJ
Cone beam scanning is quite useful and helpful for certain procedures, however that doesn’t mean that it isn’t without its potential risks. As mentioned earlier, there are elevated levels of radiation required for the scans to take place. Like any x-ray procedure, there are safety methods to eliminate any concern. The patient is required to remove any metal objects (glasses, jewelry, etc) and pregnant women should alert their Ottawa dental professional before this procedure is even considered as an option (it recommended that they not get it done while pregnant). At the end of the day, Cone beam CT scanning is a great way for your Ottawa dental professional to get a better look at the intricacies of your mouth if that information is so needed. Any questions or concerns should be discussed with your Ottawa dental professional prior to any x-ray is ever done.