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The Field of Endodontics has been inundated by new technology. In the past decade we have seen significant advances in rotary instrumentation for cleaning and shaping root canal systems. There have also been several new systems designed to improve the efficacy of our irrigation of root canal systems. One of the most powerful technological advances has been with three-dimensional diagnostic imaging.

With the release of the Carestream CS-8100 3D we now have a diagnostic tool that is specific for the challenges in endodontics. With resolution as low as 75 voxels, we are seeing things we would have never seen with conventional two-dimensional imaging.

Our plan is to periodically share with you diagnostic cases that show you what the power of this technology has done for our practice. Cone beam computed tomography has significantly increased our diagnostic capabilities. This translates into better prognostication and treatment planning for your patients.

Please find enclosed several cases to review. Feel free to contact us with any cases you feel might benefit from this extraordinary new technology.

With cone beams in the mind,

Barry, Jeff, and Tom

 

 

The thickness of the maxillary and mandibular buccal plates of bone varies widely between individuals. The thicker the buccal plate, the less detail we can see with our digital radiographs. One of the advantages of Cone Beam Computed Tomography is that it allows you to often see what is going on behind a thick buccal plate. Please take a look at several examples of this technology.

 

Digital Radiograph Case 1

 

  case 1 xray sm

 Image taken is an HD 2-D image 

 

CBCT Case 1 

 

       Case 1 3d sm

Note the complete loss of bone on the scan. This was not clinically apparent at the time of the exam. Yet CBCT reveals the extent of the damage. 

 

 

 

Digital Radiograph Case 2

 

xray case 2 sm

 Image taken is an HD 2-D image 

        

 CBCT Case 2 

 

  3d case 2 sm

 Note the complete loss of bone on the scan. This was not clinically apparent at the time of the exam. Yet CBCT reveals the extent of the damage. 

 

Digital Radiograph Case 3

 

Digital Radiograph Case 3

   Pre-op image 2015 Tooth 4, 5.     Post treatment follow-up 2016

 

 

 

 CBCT Case 3

 

CBCT Case 3

 

Heart shaped bone loss into the sinus. Poor prognosis.

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