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Three-dimensional Imaging Cone Bean Computer Tomography Technology: An Update and Case Report of an Impacted Incisor in a Mixed Dentition Patient

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The current 3-dimensional (3-D) technology termed "cone beam computer tomography" (CBCT) provides accurate 3-D anatomical image data similar to medical computerized tomography but at a lower cost and dose. CBCT has been suggested to be used in cases of supernumeraries because it yields accurate 3-D information relative to the orientation, sagittal position, local disorders, and neighboring anatomic structures. The purposes of this article were to: present the available 3-D imaging technology; and report the case of a patient in the late mixed dentition with a maxillary supernumerary tooth and an impacted central incisor. The use of a CBCT appears to be favorable as a diagnostic and communication tool for cases of impacted teeth in the mixed dentition that are candidates for orthodontic resolution.
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Keywords: DENTAL DEVELOPMENT; GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT; ORTHODONTICS; RADIOLOGY

Document Type: Case Report

Affiliations: Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, Frisco and Plano, Texas, USA; Private practice, Frisco and Plano, Texas, USA. [email protected]

Publication date: July 1, 2010

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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