X-ray images are routinely taken at all dental offices. While they are relatively easy to produce, there are situations where they are not the right diagnostic tool, such as in case of distortions, with superimposed structures or where images are blurred or unclear due to issues with exposure. In the worst case, this can lead to misinterpretation of the x-ray image.
With Cone Beam CT (CBCT) a new era began in endodontology. The high-resolution 3D images present the tooth in thin layers, there is no distortion or superimposition and all images are to scale. CBCT diagnostics allows endodontologists to detect a wide range of diseases of the tooth and surrounding structures such as bones or the maxillary sinus that would otherwise only be visible with much more elaborate technologies (i.e. computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging). Another advantage of the CBCT technology is the much lower exposure to radiation compared to conventional CT.
CBCT images are used …
… with suspected infection of the jawbone caused by the root of the tooth
… in the planning of endodontic revision treatments
… in the planning of endodontic microsurgery at the root of the tooth in close proximity to the nerves of the chin
… in the diagnosis after dental accidents (clarification of root and/or jaw fractures)
… with internal and external root resorption