Awareness on usage of cone-beam computed tomography as a tool in endodontic diagnosis among dental practitioners
Imaging of the dentoalveolar structures by radiography is essential in diagnosis, treatment planning, and follow-up in endodontics. There are many factors that are responsible for confounding interpretation of an image that includes the regional anatomy as well as superimposition of the dentoalveolar structures. As periapical radiographs are two-dimensional, they allow only limited view of the true three-dimensional aspect of the structural anatomy. When anatomical structures are imaged using conventional radiographic methods, there is often geometric distortion of the structures if any component of the imaging chain process is compromised. Conebeam computed tomography (CBCT) is advantageous as it improves diagnosis, treatment planning, and the assessment of the outcome of endodontic treatment. Most of the applications of CBCT are focused on pre-operative assessment and treatment planning. The purpose of this cross-sectional survey is to assess the awareness about the potential uses of CBCT in the assessment and management of endodontic problems as this three-dimensional imaging technique is a beneficial adjunct to the endodontists’ armamentarium as it overcomes the limitations of conventional radiography.
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