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Clinical Applications of 3D Imaging in Orthodontics

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Description

The digital volumetric tomography era has begun, and we now have access to significant additional diagnostic information. This presentation will show how Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is changing the way we practice, and show how Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is extracting and using CBCT for orthodontic reasons. Dr. Palomo will show current CWRU’s protocols and recommendation on when and how to use this 3D imaging modality that is quickly becoming part of the orthodontic practice. This will include:

  • Novel methods to assess buccolingual inclination of posterior teeth, which may aid in the expansion or non-expansion dilemma,
  • Looking at root apices for complete alignment assessment,
  • Airway analysis and how treatment may affect the airway, and
  • How to efficiently superimpose in 3D using density values.
When moving from 2D to 3D, distances and angles turn into areas and volumes, and more information may take orthodontics to the next level.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
  • Understand how 3D imaging can provide more diagnostic information than 2D imaging. 
  • Learn how to analyze the upper airway. 
  • Learn about existing 3D imaging protocols and how to use them clinically

Contributors

  • Dr. Martin Palomo

    Dr. J. Martin Palomo is a tenured professor, Orthodontic Residency director, and the Craniofacial Imaging Center director at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Oh. He is the past chair of the AAO Committee on Technology, the AAO representative for Image Gently, and the Associate Editor for the Techno Bytes section of the AJO-DO. He is a board certified orthodontist, an Angle Society member, and an active member of both the Orthodontics and the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Associations.