We have various kinds of advanced x-ray systems to suit everyone’s needs.
Digitally imaging teeth is faster and more convenient because digital images can be loaded straight to a computer instead of having to develop film. It can also capture other features such as bone mass and structure, and the quality of any implants.
Due to the digitization, these images and readings can be stored and kept for future use in a patient’s file, quickly sent to other necessary dental offices, and even to insurance companies to support claims. They can also be updated over time, allowing Dr. Brumbach to efficiently keep track of your oral health over time.
Another incredibly important benefit of digital x-rays is the reduced radiation. In fact, the Consumer Guide to Dentistry reports that due to the sensitivity of the digital x-ray sensors and bite plates, the radiation needed is 50-80% less than traditional radiograph x-rays. 
3D CBCT X-ray
Cone-beam computed tomography systems (CBCT) are a version of conventional computed tomography (CT) systems. Generally, this method is only used when traditional x-rays and exams are not sufficient. It is an x-ray device that revolves 360 degrees around the patient to collect several high-quality images. The design of the beam is, as it sounds, in the shape of a cone, which develops 3d x-rays instead of the classic two-dimensional versions. When the image is three-dimensional, it provides ample information that can help distinguish and decipher conditions that two-dimensional images cannot.
Additionally, the CBCT x-ray machine scans not only the mouth and teeth, but the ears, nose (sinuses), throat, jaw, and face as well. As such, this machine does deliver slightly higher amounts of radiation, although less than levels of other CT scans. Of course, Dr. Brumbach knows when this machine is necessary and will always use the safest and least invasive approach for each case. For more information and recommendations about minimizing risk and exposure to children, check out the guidelines from the FDA. 
Benefits of a 3D CBCT X-ray
Due to the type of data collected and the area that a scan from this machine covers, the benefits are wide-reaching. In addition to traditional images of teeth alignment, it also helps with the preparation for dental implants, diagnosing cavities, root canals, and dental traumas. Even more, it can identify issues with the jaw, the face, and assess a cleft palette.
Because of the high-quality information obtained from this scan, patients will benefit from this kind of scan by reducing treatment time for conditions and achieving better outcomes from procedures.
When to Get a CBCT X-Ray
As mentioned above, this scan is only used as a “final resort” when conventional technology does not provide the extent of accurate information needed to achieve a predictable procedure or treatment.
Opportunities to use this method:
- Root Canal (endodontics)
- TMJ/TMD surgery
- Dental Implants
- Sleep Apnea
Dr. Brumbach will carefully examine each patient and discuss all the options available (including risks and benefits) for detection and treatment procedures before performing them.
1 From: https://www.yourdentistryguide.com/digital-radiography/
2 From <https://www.fda.gov/radiation-emitting-products/medical-x-ray-imaging/dental-cone-beam-computed-tomography>
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