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Cone-beam computerized tomography in Prosthodontics

Ajay Singh, Harleen Sandhu


Background: Cone-beam computerized tomography (CBCT) specifically dedicated to imaging the maxillofacial region heralds a true paradigm shift from a two-dimensional to a three-dimensional (3D) approach to data acquisition and image reconstruction. CBCT was developed in the 1990s as an evolutionary process resulting from the demand for 3D information obtained by conventional CT scans. CT is the technique which gives numerous advantages over the traditional graphic methods. Benefits of this technique are further enlightened when a cone-beam computerized technique introduced has application in dental practice mainly. Aim: CBCT could play a crucial role in lessening the burden of hectic prosthodontics routine for the clinician and critically contribute to accurate and effective treatment for the patient. Conclusion: Although CBCT equipment has existed for a quarter of a century, only over the past decade has it become possible to produce clinical systems that are both inexpensive and small enough to be used. Clinical Significance: CBCT is a 21st century modality and it offers an accurate one-to-one measurement that can be made on the images and transferred directly to the surgical field.


Computerized tomography; cone-beam computerized tomography; maxillofacial; prosthodontics

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