CBCT vs Panoramic Xray for Detecting Hidden Infection? Caries?

Discussion in 'General Dentistry Discussion' started by EmBee, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. EmBee


    Jan 17, 2019
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    Which is more effective at detecting hidden tooth infections - CBCT or Panoramic Xrays?

    Will either one of them also be able to detect cavities inside teeth?

    Thank you!
    EmBee, Jan 18, 2019
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  2. EmBee

    MattKW Verified Dentist

    Mar 18, 2018
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    Neither. The resolution of ordinary dental Xrays is 10-20x better than CBCT or OPG. I have seen government dental clinics use OPGs for cost-cutting purposes when looking for decay, and it is such a stupid waste of radiation and resources. And CBCTs won't give you better resolution, but significantly more radiation.
    MattKW, Jan 18, 2019
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