How we use Cone Beam Computed Tomography to place Dental Implants in Milan

At Studio Bracchetti in Milan we use the latest technology and equipment to provide the highest quality treatment to patients. Our highly skilled and experienced team of dental specialists stay at the cutting edge of treatment options to ensure our patients receive the absolute best level of dental health care.


What is a cone beam CT (CBCT)?

CBCT is an abbreviation for cone beam computed tomography. Before we had this tool, we would only take x-rays. Regular dental radiographs give very detailed information but of a very narrow area.


In the last few years since we have had the CBCT scanner, we have had increased specificity with this powerful tool. It allows us to get all of the information we need from patients with a lot less exposure to radiation than conventional CT scans. The scans give us incredible detail with a relatively low amount of radiation.


The CBCT technology has been used mainly in implantology, but has also started to be used for orthodontics.


It gives us a 3D picture of a patient’s teeth and jaws, enabling us to see the thickness of the bone around the roots of the teeth, for example. This has allowed us to use guided surgery and other new techniques that weren’t possible before.

We are proud to have been one of the first dental offices in Milan to have a CBCT technology.


The Process of CBCT


How long does it take?

It is a very short procedure, especially as we have an in-house CBCT. The processing of the CBCT scans is done by your dentist in-house which saves time.


Do you stand up during scan?

The old concept of the CT scan where a patient lies on a bed with a large machine around them isn’t the case with the CBCT. The patient often does stand up, if they are happy to do that. We can do it sitting down as well, if it is better for the patient.


Are there any side effects?

There are no health concerns, other than the small amount of radiation exposure, which is a lot less than other scans.


How are the images used once they are captured?

Once the images have been captured, they are inputted into specialist software to help to plan treatment and guided surgery. The CBCT is a powerful tool for a wide range uses in aesthetic dentistry, implant dentistry, Digital Smile Design and general cosmetic dentistry.


What are the benefits of having all of this equipment in your dental clinic in Milan?

It helps that we don’t have to depend on other facilities for our scanning requirements.


We can use it immediately when needed and cut down on the costs of using a third party. It is convenient for our patients as they don’t have to travel elsewhere or have an extra appointment. Rather than waiting days or weeks for this information, we can take those scans immediately and get started on planning the necessary dental treatment. Previously, surgical guides weren’t able to take into account the condition of the jaw bone. Now we have much more information about the bone before surgery.


This combines the experience of the surgeon with the precision of technology to get the absolute best position for the implant to be placed.


We spend a longer time before the surgery to decide the best solution for each patient; such as the ideal position, refining it by as little as a tenth of a millimetre, and shape and  diameter of the implant. This is done in a lower pressure environment rather than trying to make those decisions during surgery. We can plan for most eventualities, rather than deciding as we go.

We have surgical guides for everything from gum surgery to bone surgery. Implant surgery is just one of the ways that CBCT is used by our office for planning. This is an advancement that has been made in the past couple of years.


To find out more about how CBCT could be used to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, make an appointment now.