CBCT in Orthodontics: The Wave of Future.

Reader, Department of Orthodontics, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Dental College and Hospital, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
The journal of contemporary dental practice 01/2013; 14(1):153-7.
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ABSTRACT Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) has probably been one of the most revolutionary innovations in the field of dentistry in the past decade and it provides a novel platform for orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning. Current imaging techniques are essentially two-dimensional (2D) representations of threedimensional (3D) objects and suffer from several limitations. Hence, fulfillment of ideal imaging goals has been limited. Twodimensional radiographs are insufficient, especially in complex cases like impacted teeth, supernumerary teeth and orthognathic surgeries. CBCT images provide far more detailed information than conventional 2D radiographs and are user friendly. Soft tissues, skull, airway and the dentition can be observed and measured on CBCT images in a 1:1 ratio. Clinical significance: CBCT provides an excellent tool for accurate diagnosis, more predictable treatment planning, more efficient patient management and education, improved treatment outcome and patient satisfaction. This article focuses on various applications of cone beam CT technology in orthodontics. Keywords: CBCT, 3D imaging technology, Orthodontic diagnosis, Virtual models. How to cite this article: Agrawal JM, Agrawal MS, Nanjannawar LG, Parushetti AD. CBCT in Orthodontics: The Wave of Future. J Contemp Dent Pract 2013;14(1):153-157. Source of support: Nil Conflict of interest: None declared.

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