Arizona Dental Heights is always using the latest technology to help serve you better. We now use 3D Cone Beam Imaging which allows us to see clear, detailed, three dimensional images of your teeth, and the bones and soft tissues that surround them.
3D Cone Beam Imaging is an x-ray scanning equipment that gives us a complete 3D image of your mouth and head. This scan is a painless, quick process that takes a total of 10 seconds and requires no preliminary preparation. All you have to do is sit in a chair as the machine makes a complete revolution around your head!
The scan that we receive is far better than the normal 2D x-ray that is typically done at the dentist. The 3D scan gives us a total view of everything and can be viewed as 2D scans, 3D imaging, image sequences or as a panoramic view of your teeth. 3D beam imaging allows us to better diagnose the condition of your smile and to create a more effective treatment plan for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does a cone-beam CT work?
During your scan, the machine will rotate all the way around your head to create a 3D image of your head and mouth. The scan usually takes less than 30 seconds and isn’t invasive. All you have to do is place your head in the correct position and stay still while the machine is working.
You won’t have to do anything special to prepare for your scan and it’ll be more comfortable than a traditional X-ray. These scans are also much more accurate than traditional X-rays so it’s beneficial for us.
Is a cone-beam CT covered by insurance?
Some dental insurance plans now cover cone beam scans. Previously, cone beam scans were only covered by medical insurance and when used for dental scans, weren’t covered. We recommend contacting your insurance provider to find out the details of your plan.
If your insurer doesn’t cover cone-beam CT dental scans, our office can provide financial relief options. We offer financing plans through CareCredit, so you can break the cost down into affordable monthly payments. We also have an in-office dental savings plan for our patients.
What is cone-beam CT used for?
Cone beam scans are used to create an accurate 3D image of your head and teeth. This allows us to see not only your mouth but how the position of your teeth may affect your entire head. We can provide better treatment overall when we have more information.
Cone beams can capture teeth, soft tissues such as the gums, and nerve pathways all at the same time. This can be especially useful for procedures that may be around delicate areas and for planning correctional procedures.