Comparison between cone-beam computed tomography and clinical analysis used to measure soft tissue thickness

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Edition V13N02 | Year 2016 | Editorial Artigo Inédito | Pages 78 to 86

Eduardo Poester Fetter, Waldemar Daudt Polido, Gerson Bernd e Vinicius Dutra

Introduction: The aim of the present study was to compare facial mucosa thickness, measured by cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), with clinically measured mucosa thickness, in order to validate this technique. Methods: Using a tomographic guide to reproduce the same spot to be measured, a CBCT was taken for soft tissues visualization, and soft tissue thickness was measured on the image. A clinical measurement obtained at the time of implant placement was performed in the same area. Results: The measurements obtained were compared and they were very similar, with no clinically relevant differences, whenever they were present. Both clinical and imaging measurements were highly correlated. Conclusion: CBCT examination is a reliable technique to visualize and measure facial thickness of dentoalveolar soft tissues before dental implant placement.

Gingiva, Dental implants, Cone-beam computed tomography,

Fetter EP, Polido WD, Bernd G, Dutra V. Comparison between cone-beam computed tomography and clinical analysis used to measure soft tissue thickness. J Clin Dent Res. 2016 Apr-June;13(2):78-86. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14436/2447-911x.13.2.078-086.oar

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