Image Is Everything: Understanding and Incorporating CBCT in Everyday Dentistry

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Published Date 06/28/2013
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MELVILLE, NY, June 14, 2013?"The proper use of advanced technology in dentistry will help to get you where you want to go," said Dr. Eugene Antenucci at the recent Updates in Contemporary Dentistry event in Melville, NY. Dr. Antenucci's hour-long lecture focused on how CBCT technology can help dentists deliver higher levels of care for their patients.

CBCT in Everyday Dentistry

After a brief introduction, Dr. Antenucci dove right in and discussed how CBCT can be used in everyday dentistry. He shared that GPs, specialists, and dental radiology facilities are adopting this technology for a variety of reasons, including high accuracy and precision, extensive software applications, lower cost to patients, and more.

In his lecture, Dr. Antenucci shared several examples of how CBCT can benefit the dental practice. He showed its clinical uses, including imaging of pathology and developmental abnormalities, third molar/canal relationships, endodontic and periapical findings, periodontal findings, TMJ imaging, trauma assessment, orthodontic and airway assessment, and implant imaging and treatment planning.

"CBCT has raised the bar and has redefined the standard of care for many areas of dental practice, most notably implant dentistry," said Dr. Antenucci. He explained that there are 3 major requirements in order for implant dentistry to be successful: sufficient bone (height, width, and volume); proper amount, position, and type of soft tissue; and proper planning of occlusion. For successful implant cases, Dr. Antenucci said he does not place an implant without taking a 3D image first.

Seeing is Believing

"There is a clear difference between 2D and 3D. The 3D image tells a different story," Dr. Antenucci shared. He went on to show an example of a 2D periapical radiograph taken following implant placement, where the implants appeared to be properly placed. He then showed the same patient in a 3D image, and it was clear that the distal implant appeared to be in the mandibular nerve space. Dr. Antenucci stated that while images may appear to look great in 2D, 3D technology can tell a different story.

Dr. Antenucci stated that CBCT images can help both dentists and patients for a variety of reasons. The clarity and precision of this technology, as well as its relatively low cost are 2 great things that can help the dental practice.

Dr. Antenucci concluded his lecture by saying, "Fear of technology is a challenge. But that's something that each of us can overcome."

In an interview with Dental Learning staff, Dr. Antenucci said that he uses Planmeca ProMax 3D imaging units in his dental practice. He noted that this product has versatile volume image sizes from full head scans to smaller quadrant scans, a small footprint, and a compact design. He uses ProMax 3D because it is a fully-upgradeable, all-in-one device that helps him in everyday cases. Dr. Antenucci also said he uses Planmeca?s Romexis software to treatment plan. For orthodontic cases, Dr. Antenucci discussed using Patterson?s Dolphin Imaging Software.