Occasionally, further radiographic examination of a tooth or area is required for proper diagnosis or to aid with treatment planning. In addition to traditional dental X-rays, we may take a 3D CBCT scan of the area. Dental CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) and is similar to a medical CAT scan, but exposes the patient to significantly less radiation. The total radiation exposure depends on the area and size of the scan but is approximately equal to 12-24 hours of normal background radiation exposure we receive from just existing on Earth, or approximately the same amount of radiation you are exposed to from taking a 3-4 hour commercial airplane flight. The benefit of the 3D scan is we can see the tooth and jaw bone from multiple angles and look into and through the bone with much more detail than a traditional 2-dimensional dental X-ray. Most dental insurances are not yet covering fees associated with 3D dental imaging, so a nominal out-of-pocket payment may be required.