The application of cone beam computed tomography in orthodontics

International Journal of Development Research

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Research Article

The application of cone beam computed tomography in orthodontics

Adrija Belur, Gabriela Fernandes, Akshata Gailot and Vinita Ved


The recent advances in dentistry have noted to prove very advantageous in comparison to the conventional techniques such as radiographs. One such advancement is Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), a medical imaging technique comprising of X-Ray computed tomography. This imaging modality is extremely useful as an advanced, and now preferred method for detailed diagnosis and treatment planning for patients requiring Orthodontic treatment. CBCT imaging provides accuracy while measuring and analyzing, improves the conception of impacted teeth, aids in identification of airway abnormalities, helps in quantifying asymmetries, viewing periodontal structures, evaluation of endodontic complications, planning sites for temporary anchorage devices/implants and to observe anomalies in the temporomandibular joint and surrounding structures. This paper aims to review the role of CBCT in the diagnosis and treatment planning of orthodontic cases as well as to emphasize the need for adopting CBCT as a diagnostic tool in orthodontics thereby replacing or acting as an adjunct tool in conjunction with radiographs in Orthodontics.

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