Although conventional radiography is more practical and better suited for everyday endodontic procedures, volumetric data from CBCT scans can provide serial axial, coronal, and sagittal views that are not possible to obtain from conventional radiography. The ability to reduce or eliminated superimposition of surrounding structures makes it easier to visualze areas of interest in three-dimensions. This provides much clinically relevant diagnositic information and has many potential applications for endodontics including:

  • More accurate identification and diagnosis of periapical endodontic pathosis than conventional radiography
  • Visualization of obscure internal pulpal anatomy and root canal systems
  • Assessment of internal and external root resorptive processes
  • Identification of root fractures and other areas of trauma
  • Volumetric and density comparisons of periradicular bone following endodontic treatment in order to assess the degree of success or failure
  • Pre-surgical planning