How Much Is a CBCT Scan?

May 30, 2024 6:00:00 AM / by Chad Hutchison

Understanding dental procedures can be tricky, especially when it comes to pricing. Cone beam computed tomography scans, or CBCT scans, are becoming increasingly common in dentistry. But how much does a CBCT scan cost, and is it worth it? 

How Much is a CBCT Scan? 

The price of a CBCT scan can vary. Many factors can influence the cost of a CBCT scan, including where the scan takes place, insurance coverage, and the pricing structure of a particular facility. However, a CBCT scan typically ranges from $100 to $$500.

Are CBCT Scans Covered by Insurance?

This is a big question! Dental insurance coverage for CBCT scans can vary. It depends on your specific plan and the reason for the scan. Insurance coverage for any person can vary from procedure to procedure and policy to policy. We recommend contacting your insurance provider to see if they cover CBCT scans. Your provider can give you more insight into your coverage, as well as the extent of that coverage. 

What Influences The Cost of CBCT Scans? 

Several factors can influence the cost of your CBCT scan. Knowing what might affect the cost of your procedure can help you make an informed decision. 


As mentioned earlier, coverage can significantly impact the out-of-pocket cost. Insurance coverage can vary and largely depends on the type of policy an individual has. Contacting your insurance provider and discussing a CBCT scan can help you get a better insight. 


The geographic location of the dental office can affect pricing due to varying overhead costs. Different locations may need to be adjusted accordingly. For instance, a larger office in a city may need to charge more for the procedure as it provides more advanced technology to a larger group of patients. 


Imaging centers may have different pricing structures compared to dental practices. DOtherfacilities may need to charge different prices due to various technological differences or overhead costs. 

Scan Complexity

The size and detail required for the scan can influence the cost. 

Is Cone Beam Technology Worth the Cost? 

CBCT scans offer a wealth of benefits for dentists, allowing for more precise diagnoses and treatment planning, potentially improving patient outcomes. Whether the cost is "worth it" depends on your specific situation and the potential benefits. CBCT scans may offer more advanced options for patients who otherwise are presented with limited solutions. These potential benefits outweigh the cost of a CBCT scan. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are CBCT Scans Covered by Insurance?

Regarding CBCT scans, insurance coverage varies. You will need dental-specific insurance to receive reimbursement for a scan of this degree, as most insurance will only cover dental issues for injury, trauma, or long-lasting dental conditions. Contact your provider to confirm coverage details and see if you qualify for CBCT insurance.

Is There Any Radiation Involved in a CBCT Scan?

Yes, CBCT scans do involve a low dose of radiation. However, while the dose is significantly lower than traditional CT scans, CBCT scans may produce higher radiation levels than standard dental procedures. Your dentist will weigh the benefits of the scan against the minimal radiation exposure when deciding if a CBCT scan is necessary.

What are the Advantages of CBCT Scans?

CBCT scans offer several advantages over traditional X-rays. They provide high-quality, detailed 3D images of teeth, bone, and surrounding structures, painlessly allowing for more accurate diagnoses and treatment planning for implants, complex tooth extractions, and jaw surgery. CBCT also allows for sensory nerve mapping, reducing the risk of misaligned implants or nerve damage.

Final Thoughts

CBCT scans are a valuable tool in modern dentistry. While the cost can vary, the potential benefits for diagnosis and treatment can be significant. The advanced technology of a CBCT scan can provide patients with more options and better patient outcomes altogether. 

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Chad Hutchison

Written by Chad Hutchison

Founder and CEO of Maven Imaging, Chad Hutchison has been in the medical imaging equipment market since 2003. As his business grew, he pioneered buying and selling medical equipment online and eventually began offering leasing and financing to meet market demands and help customers. His market expertise goes beyond traditional medical imaging and finance support, as he’s spearheading cloud-based lending solutions for vendors across the sector.