In April 2020, we replaced our antiquated panoramic radiograph machine with an updated Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) machine. In addition to being able to take traditional panoramic radiographs (showing the entire upper and lower jaws, temporomandibular joints and spine), we are now able to take CT images, which are three-dimensional x-ray images.
CT imaging in dentistry has become a standard of practice. For example, taking a CT of an individual tooth allows us to locate extra or hidden root canals that would have been previously impossible to locate. We can better assess bone type and anatomy, in the planning for the placement of implants. With orthodontics, we are able to assess the skull anatomy and determine growth patterns, which can influence our decisions regarding treatment choices.