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Changing From Film To Digital CBCT: What To Take Note Of During The Switch

June 17, 2020

Conebeam computed tomography (CBCT) scanners, with the ability to rotate around the patient’s head and capture up to 600 unique images of the patient’s teeth and surrounding tissue, is quickly becoming a fixture in modern dental clinics. More and more clinicians make use of these scans before undertaking complex procedures such as endodontic surgery and implant positioning.  This article aims to take a look at this technology and why it may be time for your clinic to make the switch.

Here are the advantages of using CBCT in your clinic:

  • Accurate imaging of bone and soft tissues
  • Quick and painless scanning of the mouth
  • Lower dose of radiation compared to regular scanning techniques

Because of the benefits listed above, more dentists are purchasing CBCT equipment for their practice. However, intensive preparation has to be considered. Here are some of the considerations that you have to take note of when preparing your operatory for CBCT use:

  • How the clinic uses intraoral and extraoral scans.
    The migration from film x-rays to CBCT begins from the intraoral scan and moves into the extraoral capacity. A great deal of imaging depends on what can be viewed from the  inside. If examining the internal side of the mouth is your priority, incorporating the x-ray becomes easier.
  • The computerization of your operatory
    Check to see if your existing computer systems are adaptable to modern software technology. This will be a telling factor if your imaging will sync well with your operations.
  • The kind of imaging software you will be using
    An important consideration will be the type of software you will be using in the operatory. The CBCT software should correspond with your practice management system. This will facilitate the easy production of the digital representation.
  • The space the screen will be occupying
    There is an option to include a ceph arm for the CBCT. You just have to assess if you have adequate space for this. Usually, the smallest practical amount of space needed for the ceph is 4-5 feet.Incorporating CBCT helps take your clinic into the modern age, and aids you in determining the best possible treatment for your patients. This will enable you to acquire more patients in the process.  Consult with Benco Dental on the best solution for your clinics.


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