Dental CBCT scan, which stands for cone-beam computed tomography, is one of the imaging techniques used by dentists, ENT doctors and chiropractors to identify issues in your mouth, gums, sinuses and bones. While the scan sounds scary, you’ll find that it’s actually quite painless and can help your doctor catch problems before they cause serious damage to your teeth.
At Reveal Diagnostics, we have been providing precision CBCT scans since 2011 and we believe that every patient’s experience should exceed their expectations. Our team of dental imaging technicians and support staff take great pride in providing a positive, caring experience for each and every patient.
Here are four important things you need to know before your dental CBCT scan.
Do you have a medical history that could put you at risk during a dental CBCT scan?
If you have a history of heart problems, you may not be eligible for a dental CBCT scan, or it could cause problems during your procedure. It’s important to discuss your risk with your dentist and make sure they know if there are any instances in which they should avoid recommending a dental CBCT scan for you. For example, it’s not safe to use a dental CBCT scan on people with pacemakers. Be honest with your dentist about these and other concerns to ensure that you get treated safely and effectively.
What will happen if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
There is often anxiety among pregnant women about dental imaging during pregnancy. This may hinder some women from seeking dental treatment during pregnancy and consequently, may negatively affect the oral health of the mother. The American Dental Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists state that pregnant women can take dental radiographs, at any trimester during the pregnancy, with the application of radiation protection measures to keep the dose as low as reasonably achievable
Should I take any medications or supplements before my dental CBCT scan appointment?
In order to get accurate and efficient results from your scan, you will need to be medication-free for a certain amount of time. Please discuss with your doctor any medications or supplements that you are currently taking so that they can ensure that they are out of your system prior to your dental CBCT scan appointment.
What if I have braces?
The dental X-ray machine uses a low dose of radiation to create your 3D images. However, if you wear braces during your scan, take them off before your appointment. They could interfere with your results. Bring them with you so they can be removed by an expert for post-treatment viewing only. If you have an appliance that could alter your scan results, please let us know before we begin our procedure.
Can I wear jewelry?
You should make sure your jewelry and metal objects are removed prior to your CT scan. The reason for this is because metal can interfere with images produced by CBCT scans; it can either block or create visual artifacts. Metal objects include but aren’t limited to: dental fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, braces, retainers, necklaces and watches.
Compared to traditional dental X-rays, low dose CBCT scan is safer for patients. The maximum radiation dose received by patients is less than 0.01 mSv, which is 100 times lower than that of traditional dental X-ray and no radioactive material will be injected into your body. The treatment takes just 10 minutes, allowing you to get back to normal activities right after your exam.