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CBCT Medit i-500 Scanner – Dallas, TX

The Benefits of Advanced Imaging

Skill and experience play a crucial role in a dentist’s ability to bring you high quality care, of course, but the technology they use can also make a significant difference. Dr. Peramala has made it a point to introduce the latest advancements to Hampton Dental so that our patients can rest assured that they’re receiving the most efficient, effective, and comfortable care possible. That is why we have invested in the CBCT Medit i-500 scanner for when a traditional X-ray would be insufficient. Call us to learn more about this amazing technology and how it might be used during your next appointment.

What is a Cone Beam Scanner?

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A cone beam scanner is much like a traditional X-ray that uses a special kind of radiation to take pictures of the inside of your mouth. In this case, however, the radiation is emitted in the shape of a cone and rotates around your head, resulting in a three-dimensional image. What stands out about a cone beam computed tomography scan (or CBCT scan) is that it doesn’t just show your teeth; it also gives us a chance to examine the underlying bones, nerves, and connective tissues that affect the course of treatment.

What is the Scanner Used For?

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A CBCT scan isn’t necessary for every patient. A traditional X-ray is often enough for patients who are simply visiting us for a routine checkup. We typically use the CBCT scanner when considering your candidacy for a specific procedure. If, for example, you are thinking about getting dental implants, we can use the information that a CBCT scan provides to determine the health of your jawbone and identify potential complications (such as a nerve being located near the area where an implant post would need to be placed). The scanner is also a useful tool for diagnosing certain dental issues that would otherwise be difficult to identify.

What Happens During the Scan?

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The process is very quick and completely painless. You’ll be asked to remove any accessories that might affect the image, such as jewelry. As you sit still, the Mediti-500 scanner will rotate around your head, taking hundreds of pictures that will be combined to create the final three-dimensional image. The entire process usually lasts less than a minute, and the results will be produced and ready for us to examine very shortly.