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Cone Beam Computed Tomography: An Innovative Tool in Pediatric Dentistry
1Division of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, Centre for Dental Education and Research, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Journal of Pediatric Dentistry 2013; 1(2): 27-31 DOI: 10.4103/WKMP-0028.117440
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Since decades, two dimensional (2D) imaging modalities such as cephalometrics, panoramic, periapical radiography have been a standard of care for diagnosing and treatment planning in dentistry. However, this 2D representation has left some questions unanswered in oral diagnosis and treatment planning. Thus, evolution towards three dimensional technology was desired. The introduction of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), specifically dedicated to imaging the maxillofacial region heralds a true paradigm shift. This innovative diagnostic tool has been used popularly in all fields of dentistry, but its application in children has remained unexplored. With this article, we attempt to discuss the applications of CBCT among pediatric patients.