Cone beam computerised tomography (CBCT or Micro-CT) enables us to view the anatomic structures of the area under examination as three-dimensional images. This allows for a detailed interpretation of the bony structures in the entire image area. CBCT scan examinations enable the detailed imaging of a cylindrical image area in the region of the jaws with the possibility to change the size of the area. Usually the smallest possible image area is scanned to enable the dental -care issue at hand to be solved. This decreases the radiation dose targeted to the patient (the radiation load of the CBCT examination is muchlower than that of a traditional CT scan and the imaging event is quicker). A CBCT scan is useful in many indications in dentistry.
A CBCT scan allows a detailed determination of the amount and shape of the jaw bone in the area of the implant. Also the ossification of bone grafts and potential misalignments of the implant are possible to evaluate by using a CBCT scan. A CBCT scan is an important support method in the planning of dental implant treatments and the implementation of related operations.
The anatomy of the wisdom tooth roots and their relation to, for example, the nerve canal can be determined, using a CBCT scan. This can facilitate the planning of a surgical wisdom -tooth extraction procedure by anticipating the potential difficulties during the surgery. This also adds to the safety of the procedure.
The location of the unerupted teeth on the dental arch and their relation to other teeth can be reliablyevaluated using a CBCT scan.
In unclear cases of infection, the status of the periapical areas of the upper teeth can be more reliably evaluated when using a CBCT scan than with the traditional imaging methods.
Cysts and tumours originating from the teeth:
The size of the tissue lesion and its relation to the surrounding structures can be evaluated in detail by using a CBCT scan which aids in planning a surgical procedure and in narrowing down the diagnosis.
Root canals / endodontics:
A CBCT scan can be used for determining infection lesions in connection with teeth and the shape of the root canals. This is sometimes necessary in teeth with a challenging anatomy or in treatment -resistant tooth infections. Also in planning surgery on, for example, a root apex of a tooth with multiple roots, a CBCT scan can be used as an aid. A CBCT scan can also help in reliably detecting other deviating lesions in roots.
CBCT scans enable the evaluation of bony structures in the jaw joints.
For referring dentists:
Our clinics Helsinki Forum, Vantaa Tikkurila, Oulu Kauppurienkatu and Rovaniemi all offer CBCT scanning. When your patient’s treatment requires care by a special dentist, you can refer him or her to our prosthetics and occlusion physiologist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, special dentist specialising in gingival diseases or root-canal specialist. We will direct your patient referrals back to you for further treatment and maintenance care. If you wish, we can also go through your patient’s treatment plan with you. In addition, we offer a 3D CBCT device at your disposal, so we can also provide CBCT scans with statements. All imaging is by appointment only. Below you can print a CBCT ref erral for your patient and send it to the e-mail addresses of our clinics.