Cone Beam CT (CBCT) Scanning | Dentistry in Akron, Ohio
CBCT scanning allows dentists to see a three-dimensional (3D) structure of your mouth or in other medical fields, other parts of the human body. The scan can be used to create high-resolution (0.1 mm) color 3D scans of gums, nerves, bones, and teeth.
What is CBCT?
CBCT scanning uses cone-shaped beams of X-ray radiation. A related technique called structured light scanning uses a laser scanner for 3D scanning. Information from CBCT scans and laser scanning can identify tumors or abnormalities. It can also help dental surgeons understand the position and structure of the anatomical parts of the mouth so as to best plan for the most accurate and safest position for your dental implants when replacing missing teeth.
3D Modeling and Printing with CBCT
CBCT 3D scanning can be used together with desktop 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software to create color 3D models of oral structures. Desktop 3D software and computer-aided design can create 3D models of surfaces based on the patterns of X-ray light picked up by the scanner.
Using a 3D printer, your dentist can create dentures, implants guides and other dental appliances that conform to the shape of your mouth. This process is called rapid prototyping. This allows reverse engineering of dental work so that dental implants placements can be custom designed to fit your mouth and anatomy.