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Three-dimensional Imaging in Implant Assessment for the Prosthodontist: Utilization of the Cone Beam Computed Tomography

Minu Raju, Shobha J Rodrigues, Mahesh Mundathaje, Sabaa Qureshi

Citation Information : Raju M, Rodrigues SJ, Mundathaje M, Qureshi S. Three-dimensional Imaging in Implant Assessment for the Prosthodontist: Utilization of the Cone Beam Computed Tomography. Int J Prosthodont Restor Dent 2014; 4 (1):23-33.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10019-1102

Published Online: 01-03-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).



The evolution of cone beam computed tomo- graphy three-dimensional (CBCT 3D) imaging has dramatically changed the potential for presurgical and pretreatment planning, such that outcomes are more predictable and complications more avoidable.


The purpose of this article was to systematically review scientific and clinical literature pertaining to the uses and benefits of 3D imaging CBCT for diagnosis and treatment planning in Implantology including prosthodontics.

Materials and methods

Various databases, like PubMed, EBSCOhost and ScienceDirect, were searched from 1998 to 2010 to retrieve articles regarding the clinical applications of CBCT in dentistry. Cone beam computed tomography in dentistry was used as a key phrase to extract relevant articles in dentistry. A manual search for the references from the retrieved articles was also completed. The articles published only in English, randomized clinical trials, prospective and retrospective clinical studies, laboratory and computer-generated research were included.

  The search revealed 540 articles of which 447 were irrele- vant to the study and therefore excluded.


Cone beam computed tomography has created an opportunity for clinicians to acquire the highest quality diagno- stic images with an absorbed dose that is comparable to other dental radiological examinations and less than a conventional CT. Therefore, if placement of an implant might approach a nerve, invade the sinus, or penetrate out of the confines of the jawbone, the patient should be offered a discussion of CBCT 3D imaging. In addition, CBCT 3D patients should be advised of the risks, benefits and alternatives to such treatment, based upon any additional data provided by the imaging.

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Rodrigues SJ, Mundathaje M, Raju M, Qureshi S. Three-dimensional Imaging in Implant Assessment for the Prosthodontist: Utilization of the Cone Beam Computed Tomography. Int J Prosthodont Restor Dent 2014;4(1):23-33.

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