Cone-beam computed tomography, or CBCT for short is a new imaging technology that is often used to assess patients for a variety of clinical situations. Dental implants, facial bone trauma, and abnormal or pathologic conditions can often benefit from the information that can be gained from a CBCT scan. One of the main benefits of these scans over traditional medical-grade computed tomograms (CAT scans), is that a lower dose of radiation is required.
Some practitioners will have a CBCT scan in their offices and can provide the service at the time of your consultation. Alternatively, you may be referred to an ‘Imaging Center’ where an Oral Radiologist (a specialist who has received advanced training in imaging of the head and neck) will take the scan, and then interpret the information, and provide a comprehensive report on the findings. At the present time, Dr. McCann refers patients to an imaging center and will facilitate this process when required.
CBCT images can also be used to create a three-dimensional representation of the facial bones. Such images are extremely useful in treating patients with facial trauma or dental implants. In the field of implants, the 3D CBCT can be used by Dr. McCann to ‘virtually’ place an implant on the scan, and then have the surgical template created that will allow him to place the implant with unparalleled accuracy.
CBCT images are not covered under Provincial health care benefits, and as such, will require payment directly at the time of service.