CBCT in the Periodontic Practice

by Dr. Bradley McAllister

The potential advantages of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to periodontology are fairly well known. Implementing a CBCT system into your practice can: streamline the workflow; enhance diagnostic techniques and treatment planning; hone surgical anatomic expertise; and improve outcomes in specific implant and periodontal cases. But because CBCT is a relatively new technology, there’s little evidence-based everyday guidance for the periodontist to rely on. In the absence of this information—and because CBCT technology is so promising—the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) used a model of scientific inquiry called best evidence consensus (BEC). BEC is based on the best available current published evidence, as well as expert opinion, and serves as a guide for reasonable uses for CBCT in selected clinical scenarios. In this blog, I would like to highlight several key points from my paper in the Journal of Periodontology, Commentary: Cone-Beam Computed Tomography: An Essential Technology for Management of Complex Periodontal and Implant Cases, regarding the use of CBCT in for three different clinical situations. Continue reading