Have you seen our new 3D Cone Beam machine?

Onsite 3D imaging available onsite at Balmoral Dental Centre!

Here at Balmoral Dental Centre, we have the latest imaging technology to provide you with the best treatment.


What is a cone beam image and how is it different from normal xrays?

Common dental xrays such as bitewings and OPGs provide us with 2D images of your teeth and the surrounding structures. These are used routinely for diagnosis during your regular check up and clean appointments.

Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) produces a 3D reconstruction of a selected area. This type of imaging provides extra information that ordinary xrays cannot, such as the 3 dimensional shape of your jaw bone and the location of nerves. This is essential for some complex procedures such as placement of dental implants, removal of wisdom teeth, and even root canal treatment.


But how much radiation is involved?

This all depends on the size of the area that needs to be scanned, but typically the amount of radiation would be less than 50 microsieverts. This is less than ¼ of the radiation in a chest xray, and you’re likely to be exposed to more radiation during a 10 hour plane flight! We use the lowest dose possible to acquire the information that we need for a procedure.

What’s involved in taking the xray?

For your convenience, we are the only clinic to have a CBCT machine in the area! Usually it takes a few minutes to set up for your individual needs, and then about 30 seconds to take the xray. Your dentist will then discuss the results of your 3D cone beam image with you. Patients who have a sensitive gag reflex and bitewing xrays challenging often find a CBCT much easier to take.


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