2D vs 3D Scans
November 24, 2021
Ever-changing technology assists with early prevention and correction. Our in-house Endodontist talks to us about the marvel of 2D vs 3D scans and what it means in this industry and for you.


Dr. Kiki Peenz

Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) has been one of the most significant advances in endodontics in the last decade. When used appropriately, it can noticeably enhance the diagnosis and treatment planning of endodontic cases. 

Periapical radiographs are essential in the diagnosis and management of endodontic complications. The three-dimensional anatomy is compressed into a two-dimensional image, which will result in the superimposition of the roots and prevent full visualization of the root canal anatomy.

A CBCT is an extraoral imaging technique involving a cone-shaped beam and radiographic detector, which orbit around the patient. The data that is collected is reconstructed to produce three-dimensional scans of the specific region. These can be viewed in multiple planes to assess the presence of periapical lesions, root canal morphology, and the surrounding anatomy. This increased knowledge may influence management decisions and treatment approaches.

At “I Love my Smile”, we considered each case individually to ensure that the benefits provided by the scan outweigh the risks of the additional radiation. The additional information obtained by the CBCT will directly influence the treatment and the outcome of the endodontic-treated tooth.


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