Use of conebeam computed tomography in dentistry

Gen Dent. 2007 Jan-Feb;55(1):54-7; quiz 58, 79-80.


Conebeam computed tomography (CBCT) is a technology new to dentistry that provides 3-D imaging of the oral and maxillofacial complex. Bitewing, periapical, and panoramic images are commonplace for diagnosis and treatment planning in dentistry. The 3-D data provided by conebeam technology uses a low quantity of radiation and provides insight into anatomy as an adjunct to 2-D imaging. As 3-D imaging becomes more prevalent, better diagnosis, treatment planning, and surgical experience can be achieved to improve patient care.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional / methods
  • Jaw / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Radiography, Dental / methods*
  • Radiology Information Systems
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*