Regular x-rays are only a 2 dimensional representation of something that is 3 dimensional. Cone-Beam Computed Tomography - or CBCT - is an amazing technology, and it helps us get a 3 dimensional picture. In dentistry, for implant placement and root canal therapy, CBCT has almost become a standard of care. In our office, we use CBCT for all of our implant surgeries. This is essential in helping our doctors understand 3 dimensionally where to place your implant in order to esure the best final restoration possible. Proper planning prior to implant placement is essential in creating a solid foundation for a long lasting restoration. Most of our implant surgeries use CBCT to create a guide for implant placement to ensure the proper placement in the bone as well as an ideal placement for your abutment and crown (tooth). CBCT can also be used to assess for fractured roots, undiagnosed abscessed teeth, airway opening (for obstructive sleep apnea), and to assess your jaw joint. Incidentally CBCT can also be used to diagnose things like cancer. Please do not confuse cone-beam CT with medical grade CT. Cone-beam CT used in dentistry creates a fraction of the amount of radiation that a medical grade CT does and is much safer for the patient from a radiation standpoint. That being said, our doctors will only recommend or order a CBCT if it is to your benefit.