3D Cone Beam and 3D Dental Scans in Phoenix, AZ

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3D Cone Beam and 3D Dental Scans

Advancements in dental technology have brought about many new tools that make it easier for dentists and more comfortable for patients. Dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), a new type of X-ray equipment, allows dentists to see a clear, detailed, three-dimensional image of the mouth without causing pain to the patient. This 3D imaging system takes full photos of the teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways, and bones in a single scan.
A 3D cone beam machine resembles conventional CT scan machines and comes in two different structures: an upright chair for sitting or a moveable table for lying down. Depending on the procedure and type of machine being used, the patient will be seated in an exam chair or lie down on an exam table. The chair has an extendable arm (C-arm) while the table has a rotator (gantry) that both rotate 360 degrees around the patient’s head, taking multiple images at once.
Cone beam dental scans are available at Smile Dental Studio in Phoenix and the surrounding area. Our staff can help you learn more about the procedure you are undergoing and answer any questions you have about 3D imaging.

What a Cone Beam Image Reveals

Cone beam CT scanners reveal far more information than traditional scanners and provide detailed images of a patient’s underlying bone structure. Cone beams are primarily used for cases in which traditional X-rays would not provide sufficient information needed for treatments, specifically surgeries and underlying disease. They can evaluate diseases of:

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Body structures of the face

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Benefits of 3D Cone Beam

Experience a new era in dental diagnostics with Smile Dental Studio's 3D Cone Beam technology. Embrace the advantages that set this advanced imaging system apart:


Low Radiation

Emitting 200-300 times less radiation than traditional imaging systems, these scans prioritize safety without compromising precision.

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Comprehensive Imaging

Unlike traditional scans, 3D cone beams provide a clear, detailed, three-dimensional view of the mouth.

Reduced Scan Time

With the ability to capture detailed images in a single scan, 3D cone beam technology significantly reduces the time patients spend undergoing diagnostic procedures, offering a more time-efficient dental experience.

Enhanced Treatment Planning

3D cone beam images allow dentists to visualize intricate details, facilitating precise treatment planning for procedures such as implants, extractions, and orthodontic interventions.


Ideal for delicate procedures and planning corrections due to the ability to capture the entire head's underlying bone structure.

Differences Between Traditional and Cone Beam

Traditional CT scanners and cone beam CT scanners both undertake the same basic function, but technical differences set them apart.


Traditional CT Scans

A traditional CT scan takes several pictures of internal body structures from multiple X-ray images generated by a computer. Atlantis, a radiology equipment company, explains, "The x-rays utilize radiation from a radioactive contrast injected into the body to create cross-sectional images." Traditional CT scans can offer a variety of benefits, primarily for surgeries and diagnostics.


Cone Beam CT Scans

Cone beam scanners use a cone-shaped beam radiating from an X-ray source, covering a wide range with just a single rotation around the patient’s head. The X-rays are compiled using a series of algorithms to furnish high-resolution 3D images. Cone beams use a fan beam, as opposed to a light beam, and emit 200-300 times less radiation.

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FAQs About 3D Cone Beam

  • Are cone beam scans covered by insurance?

    Cone beam scans are increasingly being covered by insurance companies as there is a rise in the use of these scans with daily patients. However, not all insurance providers cover these types of scans. We recommend contacting your insurance provider to understand the details of your plan or request coverage for a cone beam scan.

  • What kind of image does a cone beam scanner produce?

    Cone beam scanners not only take images of the mouth but also the entire head. The positioning of your teeth affects the entire head, allowing dentists to see the underlying bone structure and jawline and creating more accurate treatments. They are especially useful for procedures around delicate areas and for planning correctional procedures.

  • How long have cone beams been used?

    Cone beam scanners are fairly new and not all dental clinics use them. Although they were invented in 1967, they were first introduced in the European market in 1996 and in the U.S. market in 2001. Today, about 72% of dentists use CBCT scanners.

  • How safe are CBCT scans?

    CBCT scans emit 200-300 times less or 1/10 the amount of radiation as traditional imaging systems and X-rays. Cone beam CT scanners also allow dentists to emit a certain dosage, making them safer and much more flexible. However, they still emit a certain amount of radiation and can be considered not safe, especially for children, pregnant women, and the elderly. Regardless, all X-ray scans in dentistry require some amount of radiation, and CBCT scans emit the lowest.

  • Is there anything I should prepare for or bring for a CBCT exam?

    There is no preparation required before a CBCT scan. It is important to remove all loose or metallic objects before the exam, as with any other X-ray exam. Patients with metal implants can get a CBCT scan. The dentist will ask you to stay still and do not swallow or talk during the exam.

Why Choose Smile Dental Studio for 3D Cone Beam in Phoenix?

At Smile Dental Studio, we go beyond standard dental care, providing a unique blend of expertise, patient-centric focus, and cutting-edge facilities for your 3D Cone Beam needs. Choose us with confidence, knowing you're in capable hands:

Patient-Centric Approach

Your comfort and understanding are our priorities, and our team ensures a seamless experience throughout the process.


Our skilled professionals are adept at utilizing the latest technology for accurate diagnostics.

Cutting-Edge Facility

Smile Dental Studio is equipped with modern infrastructure, ensuring the highest standards of dental care.

Request Your Appointment Today

Elevate your dental experience with Smile Dental Studio's 3D Cone Beam in Phoenix. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and embark on a journey towards precise diagnostics and unparalleled oral care in Phoenix. Call us at 602-789-1131. You can also head over to our contact page for more information. If you’re planning a visit to our dental clinic in Phoenix, please check our driving direction below. Your smile deserves the best, and we are here to deliver it.