CBCT Uses in Clinical Endodontics Part 1: Effect of CBCT on the Ability to Locate MB2 in Maxillary Molars; Part 2: Observer Effects in Detecting Periapical Radiolucencies Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Parker, Jeffrey
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics
  • CBCT should be considered the imaging modality of choice for initial endodontic treatment of teeth with the potential for extra canals and suspected complex morphology. RCT of maxillary molars often falls into this category due to their complex anatomy and likely MB2 canal that is present. It has been shown that CBCT can be used to locate missed canals, but there are no in vivo studies demonstrating this. The other issue with CBCT is the accuracy of interpreting the volumes. There are often false positive and false negative readings, which impacts the treatment planning. In part 1, the dental operating microscope with troughing is as effective in locating MB2 canals as compared to CBCT imaging. In part 2, endodontic faculty had higher agreement with the “gold standard” compared to endodontic residents and dental students, and endodontic faculty had the highest intra-rater reliability, followed by endodontic residents, and then DDS students.
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  • Mol, André
  • Tawil, Peter
  • Rivera, Eric M.
  • Master of Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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