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  • Dr. Barry Yu



In the realm of modern dentistry, the CBCT scan, also known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), stands as a revolutionary diagnostic tool. At Penn Pacific Dental Center, we delve into the significance of CBCT scans and how they profoundly impact dental care, providing unparalleled insights into treatment planning and execution.

Understanding CBCT Scans in Dentistry

A CBCT scan is a sophisticated imaging technique that generates detailed 3D images of the oral cavity, including teeth, bone, nerves, and surrounding structures. Unlike conventional X-rays, CBCT scans produce a comprehensive view, enabling dentists to visualize intricate details crucial for precise diagnoses and treatment planning.


How Does a CBCT Scan Work?

Using a cone-shaped X-ray beam, a CBCT scanner rotates around the patient's head, capturing numerous images from different angles. Advanced software then reconstructs these images into a detailed 3D model, offering a comprehensive view of the oral anatomy. This process provides dentists with an in-depth understanding of dental structures, aiding in accurate diagnoses and treatment planning.

Benefits for Patients

CBCT scans bring forth a multitude of benefits:


  1. Enhanced Accuracy: The detailed 3D imagery enables precise assessment, ensuring accurate diagnoses and treatment planning.

  2. Minimized Radiation Exposure: Despite producing comprehensive images, CBCT scans expose patients to lower radiation levels compared to traditional medical CT scans.

  3. Optimized Treatment Planning: In implant dentistry, CBCT scans are indispensable, offering precise information on bone quality, density, and structure for optimal implant placement. Similarly, in endodontics, they assist in detecting complex root canal anatomy, leading to more successful treatments.

CBCT Scans in Implant Dentistry and Endodontics


In implant dentistry, CBCT scans play a pivotal role by providing vital information for implant placement. These scans reveal bone density and volume, aiding in precise planning for implant procedures. Furthermore, they help identify anatomical structures, reducing the risk of complications during surgery.

In endodontics, CBCT scans offer a comprehensive view of root canal anatomy, aiding in the identification of hidden canals or anomalies that might go undetected in traditional X-rays. This precision ensures thorough and successful root canal treatments.

Patient Expectations and the Amazing Potential

Patients undergoing a CBCT scan should expect a procedure that typically takes a few minutes. They'll be comfortably positioned, and the scan is quick, providing invaluable information for their treatment.

The remarkable precision of CBCT scans empowers dentists at Penn Pacific Dental Center to deliver personalized, effective treatments. The ability to visualize intricate structures allows for meticulous planning, leading to successful outcomes and minimizing potential complications.


CBCT scans represent a pinnacle of technological advancement in dentistry. At Penn Pacific Dental Center, we leverage this cutting-edge technology to ensure our patients receive the highest standard of care. The exceptional insights provided by CBCT scans enable us to craft tailored treatment plans, ensuring optimal oral health and satisfaction for our patients.

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About Authors


Graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis (U.S.A.), major in biochemistry and molecular biology, Dr. Yu has further obtained his dental degree (Doctor of Dental Medicine) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (U.S.A.).  Dr. Yu is qualified to practice in the US, Singapore and Hong Kong, and has over 10 years of practicing experience in the US before starting both practices in Hong Kong and Singapore.


Dr. Chrissie Lam graduated from University of California, Berkeley (U.S.A.) with a bachelor degree in Nutritional Science before earning her doctorate degree in dentistry from University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (U.S.A.). In her 10 years of practice she took care of her patients, both in U.S.A. and Singapore with her warm demeanor and excellent clinical skills. 

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