3D CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) is a unique type of X-Ray that allows a dental surgeon to see the Craniofacial structures, bone, soft tissues and even nerve pathways of a patient, all in a 3D Image. Unlike Panoramic X-Rays which are 2 Dimensional, the CBCT scan allows doctors to see buccal/lingual distance, bone quality, and surgically plan the placement of each implant.
A 3D CBCT Scan is done as part of your initial evaluation for implant placement. You should wear loose fitting clothes and will be asked to remove any metals from your body, including earrings, piercings, hairpins, removable dental appliances, hearing aids, etc.
The 3D CBCT X-Ray is not only useful in the surgical planning of implants, it is also helpful in detecting tumors and diagnosing Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ).