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Cone Beam CT Specialist

Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery located in Oakland, CA & Lower Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Your face is made up of tiny bones, soft tissue, and nerve canals. Your oral health can hinge on how much detail your dentist retrieves from X-rays. The team at Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center in Oakland and the Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California, uses cone beam computed tomography (CT) to perform intricate analysis that allows them to create optimal care plans. Led by Brandon Kang, DDS, and Matt Chroust, DDS, MD, the team uses this innovative technology to provide exceptional patient care. Book an appointment over the phone or through the online booking tool today.

Cone Beam CT Q&A

What is cone beam CT?

Cone beam computed tomography (CT) is specialized X-ray equipment used by dental teams when traditional dental or facial X- rays aren’t detailed enough. A dental cone beam CT exam produces three-dimensional images of your nerve pathways, soft tissues, bones, and teeth within just one scan.

The team at Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center has the capacity to take cone beam CT imagery at the office using the state of the art Carestream 9300 to provide the most comprehensive treatment plan for your needs.

What does a cone beam CT exam do?

Dentists use the cone beam CT exam to check your sinuses, nasal cavity, nerve canals, and jaw and provide detailed information when detecting, monitoring, or treating the following conditions:

  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Jaw tumors
  • Dental implants
  • Impacted teeth
  • Bone structure
  • Trauma Defects
  • Airway (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)

Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center has a team of leading dental professionals with experience in dealing with all of these conditions. Make an appointment at the practice today if you have concerns about any of them.

What happens during a cone beam CT procedure?

You sit or stand in the CT machine as the assistants position you properly. You then remain very still while the machine revolves around you in a 360-degree range. During one rotation, it can take as many as 300 two-dimensional images, which merge to create one 3D overview.

The procedure can take up to one minute or last as little as 10 seconds. It’s painless, and you can continue with your day as soon as it’s over.

How do you prepare for a cone beam CT procedure?

You don’t have to do anything before a cone beam CT exam to prepare, but you do have to remove any metal objects, like hearing aids, jewelry, and eyeglasses. As with all X-rays, tell your doctor if you are or could be pregnant.

Receive a detailed diagnosis of your oral health and a thorough care plan. Call the practice or use the online inquiry form to schedule your appointment.