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Dent Clin North Am [journal]
- Cone beam computed tomography: from capture to reporting. [Editorial]
- Dent Clin North Am 2014 Jul; 58(3):ix-x.
- Reporting Findings in the Cone Beam Computed Tomography Volume. [REVIEW]
- Dent Clin North Am 2014 Jul; 58(3):687-709.
The use of cone beam CT (CBCT) is common among dentists and dental specialists in North America and the world. The regions of interest captured by these machines vary in size and applications are numerous. If using the image data from this modality, clinicians are obligated to examine the entire volume and to understand and recognize all the anatomy in the head and neck region that can be portrayed and any abnormalities detected in otherwise normal surroundings. This article attempts to identify common entities found in the anatomic regions captured in a CBCT volume and those common abnormalities that must be referred.
- Liabilities and Risks of Using Cone beam Computed Tomography. [REVIEW]
- Dent Clin North Am 2014 Jul; 58(3):671-685.
The use of conebeam computed tomography (CBCT) carries with it medicolegal risks of which the practitioner should be aware. These include licensing and malpractice liability concerns. A practitioner who intends to take and/or use CBCT scans should seek advice from his malpractice carrier before doing so. All scans should be read by someone competent to interpret them. Using the services of an out-of-state radiologist to read scans poses its own set of risks. Consultation with a malpractice carrier and dental boards is advisable in this situation.
- Update on Cone Beam Technology and Orthodontic Analysis. [REVIEW]
- Dent Clin North Am 2014 Jul; 58(3):653-669.
Orthodontics and cone beam computed tomography technology have evolved tremendously in the last 10 years. The technology has evolved from a predominantly diagnostic entity to a true clinical and translational product. One can believe that this technology is here to stay and it has a real role to revolutionize the efficiency and effectiveness of orthodontic care. This article discusses the current advancements and use of cone beam computed tomography.
- Cone Beam Computed Tomography for the Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinuses. [REVIEW]
- Dent Clin North Am 2014 Jul; 58(3):627-651.
The paranasal sinuses are 4 paired airspaces that border the nasal cavity. Dental professionals are most familiar with the maxillary sinuses as viewed in 2-D imaging (eg, periapical, panoramic projections). With increasing implementation of 3-D imaging, specifically cone beam CT, there is a high probability that much or all of the paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity will be captured in a scan. It is incumbent on practitioners to be familiar with all the structures contained within a scanned area. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the anatomy of the nasal cavity as well as common anatomic variants and pathologic entities.
- Software Tools and Surgical Guides in Dental-Implant-Guided Surgery. [REVIEW]
- Dent Clin North Am 2014 Jul; 58(3):597-626.
Cone beam computed tomography has become an essential tool in the diagnosis and planning for implant dentistry. New hardware and software developments have emerged to help implant surgeons to successfully adopt and use different systems in patients requiring prosthetically driven implant dentistry. However, there is the need to develop an adequate planning protocol that includes appropriate acquisition/data manipulation, appropriate use of software tools for interpretation, and appropriate application of such systems during implant surgery. This article examines essential characteristics of the entire implant-guided surgery planning process and points out potential sources of error that could affect clinical accuracy outcomes.
- Presurgical Implant-Site Assessment and Restoratively Driven Digital Planning. [REVIEW]
- Dent Clin North Am 2014 Jul; 58(3):561-595.
Cone-beam computed tomography imaging and 3-dimensional (3D) computer software allows for greatly enhanced visualization of bone, critical anatomy, and restorative plans. These systems allow clinicians to digitally process 3D images and restorative templates, facilitating dental implant planning. This article highlights the use of contemporary methods of digital assessment combined with traditional restorative philosophies to allow the clinician to plan implant positions based on "crown-down" clinical requirements. This approach permits clinicians to have more control over the implant treatment plan by creating ideal, virtual restorations and managing implant positions based on the virtual plan with simplified, cost-effective techniques.
- Endodontic Applications of Cone Beam Computed Tomography. [REVIEW]
- Dent Clin North Am 2014 Jul; 58(3):545-559.
Cone-beam CT (CBCT) has made a dramatic contribution and has been quickly adopted in endodontics. It is a game changer in research and clinical applications. Although CBCT and its application in implantology is well known, the surgical placement of implants is now a factor in endodontics. This article illustrates unique applications of CBCT in implantology in a specialty endodontic facility. Endodontics creates the foundation for restorative dentistry for a healthy tooth, a well-treated endodontically treated tooth, or a well-placed dental implant. CBCT helps make this possible and predictable.
- Cone Beam Computed Tomography Updated Technology for Endodontic Diagnosis. [REVIEW]
- Dent Clin North Am 2014 Jul; 58(3):523-543.
Cone beam computed tomography has gained acceptance in the endodontic community for assistance with diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of outcomes. This article reviews a multitude of applications, from basic principles to clinical applications, using specific cases and supporting literature to demonstrate the benefits for both the specialist and general practitioner.
- Anatomy of the Maxillofacial Region in the Three Planes of Section. [REVIEW]
- Dent Clin North Am 2014 Jul; 58(3):497-521.
Apart from a few exceptions, dental practitioners are not familiar with sectional images (as those provided by cone beam computed tomography [CBCT]). In addition, the maxillofacial region is a complex area from an anatomic point of view including structures of peculiar shape; this may add to that complexity of their appearance in CBCT. As a result, a thorough knowledge of the tomographic anatomy of the maxillofacial region was necessary. This chapter reviews pertinent anatomical structures of the maxillofacial region in the axial, coronal, sagittal planes, as well as custom planes. Related pathology is also shown and discussed.