Journal Article

A comparison between dental measurements taken from CBCT models and those taken from a Digital Method

B. Tarazona, J. M. Llamas, R. Cibrian, J. L. Gandia and V. Paredes

in The European Journal of Orthodontics

Published on behalf of European Orthodontics Society

Volume 35, issue 1, pages 1-6
Published in print February 2013 | ISSN: 0141-5387
Published online March 2011 | e-ISSN: 1460-2210 | DOI:
A comparison between dental measurements taken from CBCT models and those taken from a Digital Method

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The aims of the study were to assess speed, reliability, accuracy, and reproducibility in measuring mesiodistal tooth sizes, bicanine widths, bimolar widths, and arch lengths (ALs) using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and to compare them with the same measurements obtained using a two-dimensional (2D) Digital Method. Plaster study models were made for 27 patients and then digitalized and measured using a 2D Digital Method. CBCTs were undertaken on the same 27 patients using the Dental Picasso Master 3D® and the images obtained were then analysed using the InVivoDental program. The correlation study of the two measuring methods, which were compared by determining the regression parameters and the values of one method as opposed to the other, show how both methods are comparable, although the mean and standard deviation of all the measurements analysed present statistically significant differences for the first upper right premolar, first upper left molar, first lower left premolar, and second lower right premolar, as well for the lower intercanine distance and lower AL. The differences, however, are less than 1 per cent. CBCT digital models are as accurate and reliable as the digital models obtained from plaster casts. The differences existing between both methods are clinically acceptable.

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Subjects: Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics

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