X-rays are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan.

Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography

Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Your doctor may use this technology to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan.


This procedure requires little to no special preparation. Tell your doctor if there’s a possibility you are pregnant. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and leave jewelry at home. You may be asked to wear a gown.

What are the benefits of CBCT x-rays?


  • The focused x-ray beam reduces scatter radiation, resulting in better image quality.

  • A single scan produces a wide variety of views and angles that can be manipulated to provide a more complete evaluation.

  • Cone beam CT scans provide more information that conventional dental x-ray, allowing for more precise treatment planning.

  • CT scanning is painless, noninvasive and accurate.

  • A major advantage of CT is its ability to image bone and soft tissue at the same time.

  • No radiation remains in a patient's body after a CT examination.

  • X-rays used in CT scans should have no immediate side effects.