Behind the Scenes: The Role of Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) in Apicoectomies
An apicoectomy is a specialized dental procedure aimed at treating dental infections. These procedures preserve teeth that might otherwise be at risk of extraction. An essential factor in the success of this treatment is the use of a Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scan. These images offer invaluable insights for both planning and completing the procedure.
What is a Dental CBCT Scan?
A Cone Beam CT (CBCT) scanner uses a unique technology to create 3D images of the teeth, soft tissues, bones, and nerves in the skull. These images appear on a single scan and provide the dentist with valuable information for more precise treatment planning.
It is a quick and comfortable procedure that takes less than a minute. The CBCT scan gathers images by slowly moving around your head. The scanner automatically transfers these images to software for immediate viewing.
The Role of CBCT Scans in Apicoectomies
Before starting an apicoectomy, it’s crucial that your endodontist thoroughly understands the tooth’s structure, making a CBCT scan extremely beneficial. Your endodontist can locate root fractures, assess the extent of the damage, and a variety of pathology that wouldn’t usually be possible to see. A clear view of these structures helps your team plan their surgical approach.
A CBCT scan lets your endodontist recognize the relationship between the tooth’s root, nerves, and sinus cavities. Understanding these relationships is crucial for avoiding complications during treatment.
During the apicoectomy, the CBCT scan guides the endodontist on the incision placement, access to the root tip, and precision removal of the infected tissue. This accuracy minimizes the risk of complications and improves the chances of having a successful outcome.