CBCT forum offered at CDA North

Sept. 2, 2014
A corporate forum at CDA Presents in San Francisco asks general practitioners to consider cone beam computed tomography (CBCT).
A corporate forum at CDA Presents in San Francisco asks general practitioners to consider cone beam computed tomography (CBCT).

“Principles and Clinical Applications of CBCT in Dentistry — Time to Change Strategy,” presented by Carestream Dental and led by Nestor Cohenca, DDS, examines the clinical applications of CBCT and reviews the potential benefits of the technology for diagnosis and treatment planning. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the impact of CBCT on treatment outcome and improved predictability.

The forum takes place from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5. Two continuing education credits are available to attendees of the course.

“You cannot treat what you cannot see,” said Cohenca, the course instructor. “CBCT provides us with a more accurate diagnosis and treatment strategy, thus increasing successful outcomes and avoiding further complications.”

Although CBCT technology has been available to dentists since the early 2000s — and has experienced a massive surge in popularity over recent years — most general dentists are still not trained in interpretation, nor are they trained to understand its benefits or implications.

CBCT scans provide a complete visual image covering multiple planes, including axial, coronal, and sagittal. They offer several benefits over both 2D and computed tomography (CT) imaging, including: higher-resolution images; more accurate linear measurements; faster acquisition times, which reduce the chance for patient movement and retakes; lower radiation; and even user-friendly software.

“A single radiograph is a two-dimensional shadow of a three-dimensional object,” Cohenca said. “Mathematically, that means we only see 66% of the actual anatomy. A CBCT, however, produces a three-dimensional digital image while providing significantly less radiation to our patients.”

These 3D digital images also serve as excellent tools for discussing treatment options with patients. A patient is more likely to accept a treatment plan when the doctor is able to reveal an issue through a 3D image that actually looks like the patient’s mouth, rather than through a flat, 2D image with distortion and overlap.

Cohenca serves as a professor of endodontics and pediatric dentistry at the University of Washington and the Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and was one of the pioneers in the usage of CBCT technology.

CDA Presents takes places in San Francisco, Calif., from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6, at Moscone South. Attendees are also encouraged to visit Carestream Dental in Booth No. 1312.

For more information on Carestream Dental’s innovative solutions or to request a product demonstration, call 800-944-6365 or visit carestreamdental.com.