Tomography of the maxilla and mandible

CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) of the maxilla and mandible is a non-invasive dental imaging procedure that captures detailed, cross-sectional 3D images of the upper (maxilla) and lower (mandible) jaws.

Using a cone-shaped X-ray beam, this technology provides detailed images of the bone structure, tooth positioning, and surrounding anatomy of these areas, allowing for enhanced diagnosis, treatment planning, and evaluation in dental and maxillofacial applications. This comprehensive 3D view offers detailed insights that surpass traditional 2D radiographs.

Use cases:

  • Dental Implant Planning: Helps determine the quality, quantity, and topography of the bone, ensuring optimal implant placement.
  • Orthodontic Assessment: Provides a clear view of teeth positioning, especially for impacted or supernumerary teeth, and understanding jaw relationships.
  • Endodontic Evaluation: Useful for complex root canal cases, showcasing root fractures, unusual canal anatomy, or periapical pathologies.
  • Pathological Evaluation: Detecting and analyzing cysts, tumors, and other anomalies in the jawbones.
  • Surgical Planning: For surgeries like wisdom tooth extractions, particularly if the tooth is close to vital structures like nerves.
  • Bone Grafting and Sinus Evaluations: Determining areas of bone loss and planning for grafts or sinus lift procedures.

Advantages:

  • High-Resolution 3D Images: Detailed visualization of the dental and skeletal structures, which can be rotated and analyzed from different angles.
  • Accurate Measurements: Facilitates precision in treatment planning, especially for surgical or orthodontic procedures.
  • Lower Radiation Exposure: Compared to traditional CT scans, CBCT delivers a lower dose of radiation.
  • Efficiency: The scan is quick when compared to older methods and technologies.

FAQ

When should it be performed?

It is used when 3D visualization offers clear advantages over 2D imaging techniques. These are scenarios when a CBCT scan of the maxilla and mandible may be recommended:

  1. Dental Implant Planning: Before placing dental implants, it's crucial to understand the jawbone's quality and quantity to ensure safe and successful implant placement.
  2. Orthodontics:
    • For assessment and treatment planning, especially in complex cases.
    • To evaluate tooth positions, especially impacted or supernumerary ones.
    • To determine the relationship between teeth and the skeletal structure.
  3. Endodontics:
    • In cases of complex root canal treatments to view the root's anatomy clearly.
    • For diagnosing root fractures or resorptions.
    • To visualize periapical lesions that might not be evident on a standard 2D radiograph.
  4. Assessment of Pathologies:
    • For detailed visualization and assessment of cysts, tumors, and other anomalies in the jawbones.
    • To determine the extent and involvement of any pathology.
  5. Trauma Assessment:For patients with facial trauma to provide a comprehensive view of fractures and associated injuries in the maxillary and mandibular regions.
  6. Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders:To evaluate any anatomical changes, disorders, or pathologies related to the TMJ.
  7. Evaluation of Impacted Teeth: To determine the position and relationship of impacted teeth to adjacent structures, especially wisdom teeth or canines.
  8. Bone Grafting and Sinus Lift Procedures:To assess the area before bone augmentation procedures, which are often done prior to dental implant placement.
  9. Developmental Disorders:For assessing congenital or developmental disorders that affect the jawbones.
  10. Pre-surgical Planning: Especially for procedures that require intricate knowledge of the bone structure, such as orthognathic surgeries.

How does the procedure look like?

The procedure is non-invasive and painless:

  • The patient is asked to remove anything that may interfere with the imaging, including metal objects, such as jewelry, eyeglasses or hearing aids.
  • The patient either sits or stands in the CBCT machine.
  • The patient must remain still during the scan to ensure image clarity. As the scanner rotates around the patient's head, it captures multiple images from various angles, which are then reconstructed into a 3D model.

Do I need to prepare for the procedure?
No special preparation is required. However, you'll be asked to remove any metal objects like glasses, earrings, and necklaces. If you have dental appliances or dentures, you might need to remove them as well.

When will I get my results?
Shortly after each examination we will send the results via email to you and/or to your doctor's email address listed on the referral.

Is it safe to have a Computed Tomography during pregnancy?
Always inform your dentist or technician if you're pregnant or suspect you might be. While the radiation dose is low, it's a general practice to avoid any unnecessary exposure to it during pregnancy.

Is there an age limit for Computed Tomography?

No, there isn't an age-specific limit. Computed Tomography can be beneficial for both children and adults, depending on the dental concern.

Always consult with your doctor for specific details and any further queries related to Tomography of the maxilla and mandible or any other medical procedure.


Price

260 - 280  zł

Duration of the examination

until 30 second

Referral

Required

Radiation intensity

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3-20 hours flight
The radiation dose during the examination is minimal (20-150 µSv). To put it in perspective, it is equivalent to a 3-20 hours flight.
(for each service, please keep the hours of flying from polish version)