The Role of CBCT in Implant and Craniofacial Surgery in the Dental Practice


Dr. Steven A. Guttenberg

Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) offers dentists a digital three-dimensional view of the teeth, maxilla and mandible, and beyond, and has been highly accepted by our profession and patients alike. It is office-based and cost-effective, and can be further partnered with other technology to create 3D CAD/CAM models and surgical guide templates for implant placement and jaw reconstruction. This presentation will focus on how the cone beam volumetric computed tomography has been successfully utilized for nearly all aspects of a full-scope oral and maxillofacial surgery practice. The presenter will utilize more than a decade of data and evaluation of thousands of images to demonstrate the usefulness of this technology in the performance of routine dentoalveolar surgery, evaluation and treatment of pathology, trauma, orthognathic surgery, TMJ, and airway disorders.

Learning Objectives:

  • How this technology is crucial to the understanding of the patients that the clinician sees daily
  • The utility of using CBCT to treatment plan for,educate patients about, and place dental implants accurately and quickly
  • How CBCT can help you to avoid errors you could not foresee using 2D radiography
  • Potential medical liability issues of not using CBCT when placing dental implants
  • The cost effectiveness of using CBCT