Cone Beam CT Scan Technology

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Computed tomography (CT) imaging, also referred to as a computed axial tomography (CAT) scan, involves the use of rotating x-ray equipment, combined with a digital computer, to obtain images of the body. Using CT imaging, cross sectional images of body organs and tissues can be produced. Though there are many other imaging techniques, CT imaging has the unique ability to offer clear images of different types of tissue. CT imaging can provide views of soft tissue, bone, muscle, and blood vessels, without sacrificing clarity. Other imaging techniques are much more limited in the types of images they can provide.

Cone Beam CT is used by Dr. Letelier to improve diagnosis and treatment planning in the following cases:

  • Dental implants
    • Location of anatomic structures: mandibular canal, submandibular fossa, incisive canal, maxillary sinus
    • Size and shape of ridge, quantity and quality of bone
    • Number, orientation of implants
    • Need for bone graft, sinus lift
    • Use of implant planning software
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
    • Relationship of third molar roots to mandibular canal
    • Localization of impacted teeth, foreign objects
    • Evaluation of facial fractures and asymmetry
  • Oral and maxillofacial pathology
    • Localization and characterization of lesions in the jaws
    • Effect of lesion on jaw in 3rd dimension: expansion, cortical erosion, bilateral symmetry
    • Relationship of lesion to teeth and other structures
COVID-19 Updates

A COVID-19 message and well wishes from the Center for Oral Surgery of Las Vegas to all of our patients.


The health and safety of our patients and staff is our number one priority. Per CDC guidelines we will be continuing with or instituting the following measures. Other measures will be instituted as guided by the authorities.


  • Our staff will be wearing enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • We will be monitoring the health of employees and keeping home any employee who displays symptoms of COVID-19.
  • We will be providing services by appointment only and communicating any special instructions to the patient for the appointment (i.e. face covering).
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  • We will be requiring temperature checks and health screenings for patients before entering the office.
  • We will be limiting the contact between the administrative staff and the patients, such as eliminating check-in forms and receipts when possible.


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