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Cone Beam Computed Tomography Heralding New Vistas in Appropriate Diagnosis and Efficient Management of Incidentally Found Impacted Mesiodens

Sane, Vikrant Dilip MDS; Chandan, Sanjay MDS; Patil, Sujay BDS; Patil, Krishna BDS

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: March 2017 - Volume 28 - Issue 2 - p e105–e106
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000003160
Brief Clinical Studies

As dentistry continues to go “digital,” the field has seen a phenomenal increase in the use of digital imaging in dental practice. Complex impacted mesiodens present potential treatment complications and sometimes possible patient morbidity. Objectives of diagnostic imaging are to aid in diagnosis, decision making, and enhance treatment outcomes. As cases become more complex, sophisticated multiplane imaging methods allowing for a three-dimensional view are more likely to meet these objectives as opposed to traditional two-dimensional radiography. The clinical report elucidates with the help of an illustrative patient how cone beam computed tomography imaging can assist the surgeon during surgical treatment planning, risk assessment, and treatment outcomes of impacted mesiodens.

*Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Dental College and Hospital, Katraj, India.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr Vikrant Dilip Sane, MDS, Associate Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, BharatiVidyapeeth Deemed University Dental College and Hospital, Katraj-Dhankwadi Educational Complex, Satara Road, Pune 411043, Maharashtra, India; E-mail:

Received 21 July, 2016

Accepted 14 August, 2016

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2017 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.