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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 67-73

Cone beam computed tomography: A newer avenue in orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning


1 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Bharati Vidyapeeth University Dental College and Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Orthodontics, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Dental College and Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Dental College and Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ijor.ijor_8_17

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Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)-three-dimensional (3D) imaging technique has shown tremendous progress since its introduction in dentistry and reformed the efficiency and effectiveness of orthodontic care. There has been a great revolution from its use as a predominantly diagnostic tool to an imaging method now used for predicting treatment outcomes and planning treatment. The conventional imaging techniques are basically two-dimensional (2D) representations of 3D objects and hence, they have many limitations. Malocclusion results from discrepancies in three planes of space and hence, 2D imaging cannot be used to achieve ideal imaging goals in orthodontics. It is an excellent tool for diagnosis, treatment planning, patient management and education, improved treatment outcome, and patient satisfaction. A cone beam examination is recommended in the detection of assessing shape and growth of mandible, localization of impacted canines, evaluation of root resorption repair, for the placement of temporary anchorage device, airway analysis in growing patients with maxillary constriction treated with rapid palatal expansion, etc, This article provides a comprehensive and current review of key studies on the applications of CBCT in orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning.


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