Assessment of Root Position and Morphology by Cone Beam Computed Tomography

Jeanne M. Nervina, Sunil D. Kapila

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This chapter discusses how the latest radiographic technology-cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)-contributes to authors' understanding of physiological and pathological root resorption, with a special focus on orthodontics patients. This discussion traces CBCT's emergence as an accurate and reliable methodology for assessing root angulation and morphology, which are among the most well-studied risk factors for root resorption. In addition, the chapter discusses the contribution of CBCT to the authors' understanding of other clinically relevant aspects of root morphology, such as dentoalveolar compensations and dilacerations, as well as the emerging use of CBCT root imaging to gain insights into the biological connections between root morphology and complex craniofacial anomalies. Overall, CBCT is a powerful radiographic technology that, when combined with the equally powerful genetic testing, will enable orthodontists to generate more accurate diagnoses and individualized treatment plans for their patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCone Beam Computed Tomography in Orthodontics
Subtitle of host publicationIndications, Insights, and Innovations
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781118674888
ISBN (Print)9781118448489
StatePublished - Dec 31 2014


  • CBCT root imaging
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Orthodontics patients
  • Root angulation
  • Root morphology
  • Root resorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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