Cone beam CT (CBCT) is a 3D imaging technology that has been introduced lately to the dental field. It allows the dentist to view the region of interest from all the 3 planes, giving a broader and better view of all the image aspect. All of this information are collected with a lower coast and radiation dose compared to conventional computed tomography (CT).
Using CBCT will improve the dentist differential diagnosis, but also unnecessary exposure of this 3D technique leads to an increase in the patient’s radiation dose, changing the CBCT from a miracle to a curse.
In this lecture, different clinical cases from various dental specialties (Pedodontics, Orthodontic, Endodontics and Surgery) will be presented showing how 3D imaging made a great shift in viewing the whole treatment planning and changing the end differential diagnosis. Moreover, we will discuss how CBCT must not be misused by explaining when to use it and how to choose the correct machine specification (voxel size and field of view) for every clinical application.