CBCT 3D Imaging

CBCT Advanced Technology

Dentistry is a constantly evolving and growing field.  There are advances in technology and technique that allow us to improve the way we take care of our patients.  One of the advances in dentistry that we are proud to offer at Timberlake Dental is three-dimensional imaging via cone beam computed tomography (CBCT).  This imaging technology is the most advanced system available to dentistry for three-dimensional imaging of the head and neck.  Our Galileos® imaging system allows complex imaging to be obtained with control of the radiation exposure each patient receives.  This means it is customizable for each person based on age, size, and risk factors.    We have integrated this technology into our office to allow for more detailed diagnosis and treatment planning.  Dr. Chowning and his entire team believe in a comprehensive approach to dentistry, and the only way to have a completely healthy mouth is to understand its relationship to the entire body.

CBCT Collects More Information

Dentistry has progressed to incorporate evaluation and correlation of the airway, the teeth, the periodontal structures, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the sinuses.  Three-dimensional imaging allows Dr. Chowning to determine the condition of the bone surrounding the teeth and the TMJ and determine if proper support and function is present to

achieve long lasting, predictable dentistry.  Traditional two-dimensional imaging of the head has provided a stable foundation for dentistry; however, it has limitations in diagnosis.  With three-dimensional imaging, Dr. Chowning can now give his patients information in the following ways that is unavailable with two-dimensional imaging.



  • Airway Volume – Measuring airway volume is particularly important in determining a person’s risk level for sleep-disordered breathing such as sleep apnea.
  • TMJ anatomy – The jaw joint can be seen in detail with a CBCT image and is important for determining stability in the bite and possible causes of pain.
  • Implant planning – The Galileos software allows for pre-treatment planning of proper implant positioning and restoration.
  • Impacted Teeth – A three-dimensional image allows the surgeon to determine the exact position of an impacted tooth prior to starting surgery. This is particularly useful for third molars (wisdom teeth).
  • Evaluation of root canals and tooth infections – With 3D imaging, we are able to closely evaluate the bone surrounding a tooth that has an existing root canal or a tooth with an infection. Seeing it in three dimensions means we can more closely pinpoint the source of the problem and give a more accurate diagnosis and treatment.
  • Orthodontics – This imaging allows for better treatment planning of tooth movement and accurate progress tracking.
  • Tumors and Growths – A three-dimensional image allows for detection and evaluation of the position, density and growth of tumors or other abnormalities of the head and neck.

CBCT Emits Less Radiation

One important benefit of the three-dimensional images obtained with the Galileos CBCT imaging system is a smaller amount of radiation than traditional two-dimensional x-rays like a panoramic or cephalometric radiograph.  Because we can customize each scan for individual patients, we can set the parameters to get the most information with the lowest amount of radiation.

In short, a three-dimensional image gives Dr. Chowning more information about your mouth and jaws than any traditional dental x-rays while exposing you to less radiation.  We believe that more information enables us to be more comprehensive in the diagnosis and treatment of any dental problem our patients may have.  And that helps us continue to meet our goal of providing excellent dental care to each patient who walks through our doors.

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