Comparison between cone-beam computed tomography and intraoral digital radiography for assessment of tooth root lesions

Vandana Kumar, Lauren Gossett, Ashley Blattner, Laura R. Iwasaki, Karen Williams, Jeffrey C. Nickel

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Abstract

Introduction: Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) might be more accurate in identifying radicular surface lesions compared with digital periapical radiography. In this study, we compared these techniques in detecting simulated root resorption lesions. Methods: A porcine mandible was used to support 10 human maxillary central incisors. CBCT and digital periapical radiographic images were generated before and after the introduction of standardized and sequentially larger root defects on either the mesial or the lingual root surfaces. The images were randomly labeled and evaluated by 3 examiners. Each image was classified according to defect size (0, none; 1, mild; 2, moderate; 3, severe). Results: Interrater reliability was acceptable (0.856 ≤P ≤0.981). The location of the root defect (mesial vs lingual) had no significant effect on the evaluation of defect size. Both periapical radiographs and CBCT were slightly better at detecting lingual defects than mesial defects (75% vs 65% and 65% vs 60%, respectively), but these effects were not statistically significant (P = 0.49 and P = 0.74, respectively). The mean percentages of correctly diagnosed defect sizes were 65% for CBCT and 75% for periapical radiographs. Examiners using CBCT images tended to overestimate defect sizes (κ = 0.481) and correctly categorized teeth with no, mild-moderate, and severe defects 80%, 45%, and 90% of the time, respectively. Examiners using periapical radiographs tended to underestimate defect sizes (κ = 0.636) and categorized teeth with no, mild-moderate, and severe defects 100%, 50%, and 100% of the time, respectively. Conclusions: There was no difference in accuracy of identifying defects between periapical radiographs and CBCT images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e533-e541
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Volume139
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthodontics

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