Dental industry technology is getting better and better every day especially in dental implant surgery. With so many advancements and new equipments flooding into the market, many dental surgeries are trying to be at the cutting edge of technology to get the competitive advantage of these devices.
From a patient point of view, I want to share some basics on guided surgeries with the use of these new computer aided devices. One of the main technologies used in a guided implant surgery is Cone Beam Volumetric Technology (CBVT). This is a type of computerised tomography (CT) in a 3D format. A conventional CT scan uses a linear beam of x-ray to produce the image of bone structure or skull. It uses a cone shaped x-ray which provides a lot more data than a medical CT scan. The internal structure is much more visualised so it helps the dentist to analyse the position and orientation of roots and any previous implants.
Benefits and Cost of Cone Beam CT Scan
Comparing with conventional CT scan both uses x-ray but the impact of a CBCT scan is much (80%) less than the other. Since the time it takes to scan is around 10 – 40 seconds exposure to x-ray is less whereas the other takes few minutes per scan. CBCT scans generate a 3D view of the scanned area which can provide detail information and it has the capability of differentiating between tissues. And you will not feel any pain while doing a CBCT scan.
As tooth replacing costs vary, CBCT scans too. But comparing to a conventional CT scan CBCT scan costs less. And it is widely available throughout the UK. Don’t forget to ask questions about your scan from your dentist as a CBCT scan tell more than just the tooth structure. There are still developments going on and the next versions will have much more sophisticated features.