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What Is Dental Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT)?

Dental cone beam computed tomography is a state-of-the-art technology used when regular dental x-rays are not sufficient. We use this technology to produce 3D images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. In short, 3D cone beam technology provides a view of your mouth and supporting structures that is more comprehensive than that provided by digital X-rays.

We are proud to utilize cone beam 3D imaging technology at our family dental practice in Chicago.This technology allows us to capture highly detailed images of your teeth and jaws, which in turn allows Dr. Zhadovich to plan more precise, comfortable treatments. We welcome you to call us at 773-581-1345 to learn more about cone beam imaging in Chicago, Ilinois, and schedule your consultation with our experienced dentist.


Watch this video to learn about 3D imaging and  Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT).

Why We Use 3D Digital Imaging At Archer Dental?

We are committed to always provide you with the highest level of dental care. Cone beam imaging has radically transformed the way that we as dentists can gather information.

We found that 3D imaging became irreplaceable in a wide range of dental diagnosis and treatment planning, to the point that there are many cases today where we can not even imagine understanding how to best help a patient without the use of the third dimension.

How Is 3D Imaging Used In Dentistry?

In implant treatment planning, we have come to hold the strong opinion that the standard of care today in implant dentistry is to recommend 3D imaging for implants for nearly every patient, and because of this it would be poor practice to do implants without using 3D imaging. 


CBCT has the following range of applications in implant treatment planning:

  • Evaluate the quality and density of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.

  • Identify the most effective placement for implants.

  • Pick the appropriate size and type of implants based of the 3D scan.

  • Plan out the complete procedure in advance, from start to finish.

  • Locate placement of the nerves.

However, implants are not the only dental cases that require a 3D scan. There are countless dental cases, where using the third dimension analysis helps to achieve best results.

  • Treatment planning of orthodontic cases.

  • View exact orientation and position of each tooth.

  • Determine if molars are located too close to the alveolar nerve and reduce risk of post-op neuro-sensitive alterations.

  • Visualize all of the root canals for more precise root canal procedure.

  • Assess a TMJ disorder.

  • Locate origin of pain.

  • Evaluate sinuses and nasal cavity.

  • Analyze dental and facial trauma

  • Diagnose tumors in the early stages.

Contact us today to schedule your 3D scan!
What are the PROS vs. CONS Of Using CBCT In Dentistry?


  • Improved image quality.

  • A single scan provides a clear view from variety of angles. Using a computer softwater, the image can be turned in any direction.

  • Cone beam CT scans provide more information that conventional dental x-ray, allowing for more precise treatment planning.

  • A major advantage of CT is its ability to image bone and soft tissue at the same time.​


  • One might say, that the only con of using a dental 3D scan is the radiation. One scan exposes patient to 10-100 μS, comparing with normal x-ray which accounts for 15 μS. However, this amount of radiation is minimal in comparison to other medical scans and even normal activities, like flying. Most importantly, a correct diagnosis that is achieved with help of a CBCT far outweighs even a small amount of exposure.​

“How you gather, manage and use information
will determine whether you win or lose.”
                                                         - Bill Gates

The Takeaway

For dentistry, “winning and losing” is not primarily a financial consideration. Winning and losing ultimately deals with the quality of care that we provide our patients, and doing all within our means to assure the best outcome for every procedure we perform. The third dimension in dentistry raises the odds for consistent success.

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