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The use of cone beam computed tomographic imaging in a paediatric dentistry department

Henein, Claudy, Bhatia, Shannu K. ORCID: and Drage, Nicholas 2021. The use of cone beam computed tomographic imaging in a paediatric dentistry department. Oral 1 (2) , pp. 45-55. 10.3390/oral1020006

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Abstract Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is an emerging radiographic imaging modality. The diagnostic benefit must exceed the individual detriment that its generally higher radiation exposure may cause. Since limited studies exist on the use and impact of CBCT in paediatric dentistry, a service evaluation was carried out to explore the reasons for CBCT referral and to identify its impact on the treatment plan and/or management in a paediatric dentistry department. Clinical records for all paediatric patients who underwent a CBCT were reviewed, to identify the reason for referral and its influence on diagnosis or management, by comparing the provisional treatment plan with the definitive treatment plan, post-CBCT. A total of 130 paediatric patients underwent CBCT in a 12-month period, of which 52 satisfied the inclusion criteria. CBCTs were most commonly requested for the localisation of unerupted/impacted teeth 14/52 (27%), assessment of supernumerary teeth 12/52 (23%), and to investigate root resorption 9/52 (17%). All CBCTs provided additional information that assisted treatment planning, diagnosis, or management and, most significantly, 16/52 (31%) of treatment plans were changed based on CBCT findings. All CBCTs requested in this study were justified and confirmed or influenced the management of paediatric patients, ultimately reducing the risk of complications and further treatment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2673-6373
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 December 2022
Date of Acceptance: 11 February 2021
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 18:24

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