Should Cone Beam Computed Tomography Be Routinely Obtained in Implant Planning?

Galal Omami, Firas Al Yafi

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    Clinical assessment and conventional 2-D radiographs often provide inadequate diagnostic data for proper implant placement. Cone beam CT (CBCT) enables 3-D visualization of the alveolar ridge, aiding clinicians with identification of anatomic structures and pathologies. CBCT provides accurate linear measurements at low radiation dose compared with conventional CT scan, which helps in diagnosis and treatment planning, particularly in complex implant cases. Even though straightforward implant surgery can be performed with careful clinical and 2-D radiographic assessment, CBCT should be considered. It provides the unparalleled benefit of computer-aided implant planning, leading to improved clinical outcomes and reduced complications.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)363-379
    Number of pages17
    JournalDental Clinics of North America
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jul 2019

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    • Cone beam CT
    • Dental implant
    • Implant planning
    • Selection criteria

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Dentistry


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