Cone Beam CT Scan

Permadent Dental Implant Center

Dental Implant Surgeons located in Torrance, CA

The cone beam CT scan is an exceptional dental tool that delivers a detailed, three-dimensional (3D) image of your teeth, bone structure, and soft tissues. When you need specialized 3D imaging, MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, and Perry R. Klokkevold, DDS, MS, FACD, at PermaDent® Dental Implant Center have a machine in-house so you don’t have to leave the office to benefit from this service. To learn more about cone beam CT scans or to schedule an appointment, call the office in Torrance, California.

Cone Beam CT Scan Q & A

What is a cone beam CT scan?

Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a dental CT scan used to acquire 3D images of the head and neck, including the upper and lower jaws and dental structures. 


Our in-office CBCT imaging provides valuable data which facilitates diagnosis and treatment planning and assists in achieving a safe and optimal outcome for dental extractions and implant placement.


The scan itself takes only 20-30 seconds at a small fraction of the radiation of traditional medical CT technology. Patients are seated in an open unit with no enclosure and our technician is nearby throughout the process.

This type of X-ray isn’t used for routine dental checkups. At PermaDent Dental Implant Center, we typically recommend cone beam CT when regular X-rays don’t provide enough information.

When might I need a cone beam CT scan?

We recommend a cone beam CT scan when we need more detailed information to:

  • Plan a tooth extraction or other surgery
  • Determine the exact placement of dental implants
  • Assess the health of your jaw and nerve canals
  • Identify bone structure and tooth orientation
  • Plan reconstructive surgery
  • Evaluate jaw disease

The cone beam CT scan gives us the ability to precisely plan periodontal and dental implant surgery, so we consistently produce predictable and optimal results.

How does the cone beam CT scan work?

During a cone beam CT scan, you relax in a chair while a mechanical arm automatically rotates around your head. Technology in the arm sends out an X-ray beam in the shape of the cone. 

As the arm goes around your head, it captures numerous X-ray images from different angles, then reconstructs them to create your 3D image.

The procedure doesn’t take long — you only need to sit still for less than a minute — but the exact time depends on whether your entire mouth and bone structure need evaluation or we only need an image of a specific region.

What should I know about a cone beam CT scan?

Like any other type of X-ray, the cone beam CT scan is not painful. At PermaDent Dental Implant Center, we care about ensuring your comfort, which includes helping to relieve any type of dental anxiety. 

If you’re concerned about getting a cone beam CT scan, talk with us ahead of time. We can show you the machine, which may relieve any anxiety you may be feeling. 

If you have questions about a pending cone beam CT scan or you need to schedule an appointment, call us at PermaDent Dental Implant Center.