Cone beam computed tomography is an innovative medical imaging technique that provides endodontists with three-dimensional views of the patient’s teeth and surrounding structures. In certain cases, CBCT images greatly enhance the endodontist's ability to diagnose, evaluate, and treat their patients.
During a CBCT scan, the machine rotates around the patient’s head, capturing numerous images using a cone-shaped X-ray beam. These images are then used to construct a 3-D representation of the scanned oral and maxillofacial region helping the clinician visualize the area.
Watch the video below to learn more about how CBCTs help endodontists diagnosis and treat dental disease.
In 2015, the AAE and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology issued a revised joint position statement on the use of CBCT in endodontics. The two organizations have recently formed a special committee to review that statement and in the coming months will propose updates based on current research and practice.
To learn more or share information with your referring dentists about CBCT and the AAE/AAOMR position statement, view the following AAE resources:
- The Impact of Cone Beam Computed Tomography in Endodontics: A New Era in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (Spring 2018 ENDODONTICS: Colleagues for Excellence)
- AAE/AAOMR Revised Joint Position Statement on Cone Beam Computed Tomography in Endodontics (2016 update)
- Dr. Mohamed I. Fayad's article in the January 2014 Communique, "Contemporary Endodontic Technology: Cone Beam Imaging in Treatment Planning"
- The Standard of Practice in Contemporary Endodontics (Fall 2014 ENDODONTICS: Colleagues for Excellence)
- Cone Beam Computed Tomography in Endodontics (Summer 2011 ENDODONTICS: Colleagues for Excellence)
- The Image Gently Campaign is designed to educate the dental community about the appropriate radiation techniques to use when imaging children