Radiograph have been used in dentistry for over 120 years and in that time has greatly improved the diagnostics and the way we treat our patients. The use of digital x-rays has been around for over 20 years and the many advantages that go along with digital can be seen with digital x-rays, however, there has not been a change in what information we see until in the introduction of CBCT (3D) imaging which began about 20 years ago.
CBCT which stands for cone-beam computed tomography has become an important tool in diagnostics and treatment planning for the dental clinician. For years, only Oral Surgeons had this advanced imaging technology in their offices now we are seeing Orthodontists, Endodontists, Periodontists and General dentists using this technology with increased numbers.
A benefit of CBCT three-dimensional (3D) imaging is the ability to capture the dentition, soft tissues, Inferior Alveolar Nerve pathway, Nasopalatine Nerve pathway, Mental Nerve pathway and facial bones all in one scan. This allows for a comprehensive baseline record and to virtually plan for a variety of dental treatments.
The American Dental Association and other organizations has established basic principles and guidelines for using CBCT technology into the dental practice. One should consider CBCT as an adjunct to standard imaging. After a medical health, dental health and radiographic history assessment along with a thorough clinical examination, the clinician will be able to assess the risks and benefits of additional CBCT imaging. In making the decision to use CBCT imaging will provide a significant improvement in the ability to diagnose conditions that would not have been observable using traditional two-dimensional (2D) imaging. Here are some of the most common applications of CBCT imaging:
- Surgical Guides
- TMJ Analysis
- Airway Evaluation
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