At Afton Endodontics, we treat patients with skill and compassion — but that is not all it takes to render the best care possible. That is why we have also invested in state of the art root canal technology in Concord. An example of such technology is our CBCT scanner from Carestream. This remarkable tool is often a pivotal part of our treatment planning process. On this page, you will gain insight into our the CBCT scanner works and how it can benefit you.
CBCT is an acronym that stands for Cone Beam Computed Tomography. Essentially, a CBCT scanner is a special type of X-ray machine, wherein the X-rays form a cone-shaped beam as they enter their subject. The technology is thus able to capture extremely detailed images of a patient’s teeth and surrounding oral structures. The images go directly to a nearby computer so the doctor can view them right away and begin the treatment planning process. In our office, we have invested in a CBCT from Carestream, one of the prominent brands in CBCT technology.
A CBCT scanner has a broad range of potential applications. For an endodontist in Concord, such a machine is invaluable in planning treatments for patients. That is because the machine does more than offer a generalized view of the inner workings of a tooth and the surrounding areas. It provides detailed, three-dimensional images that reveal things other imaging machines cannot. For example, it shows us where to find the sinuses, certain facial nerves, and hidden canals within the teeth.
The scanner is particularly useful in complex cases, such as when a patient has suffered a traumatic injury or has tooth root resorption in the jaw. If we know what to expect before we begin treating a patient for complex endodontic issues, we can minimize the risk of complications and elevate the level of care we provide.
Our CBCT scanner provides a number of benefits to patients: