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Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — High resolution, variable-field cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) provides for exquisite anatomical detail and 3D visualization that is revolutionizing periodontal diagnosis and treatment and implant dentistry.At the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), doctors can gain a better understanding of how this technology can improve surgical outcomes during a corporate forum sponsored by Carestream Dental.  “Improve Your Surgical Outcomes with CBCT Technology,” presented by Bradley McAllister, DDS, PhD, takes a look at how cases are enhanced with CBCT technology and reviews surgical steps and radiographic evaluations.

Cases will be shared regarding periodontal defect diagnostics; buccal plate evaluation; identification of periodontal and endodontic involvement; and guided surgery. The forum takes place Friday, Sept. 19, 3:00-3:45 p.m. and again at 4:00-4:45 p.m., Moscone West Center, Level 3, Room 3011.
 “CBCT technology can significantly improve your outcomes with immediate implant placement and in cases involving complex bone grafting,” McAllister said. CBCT scanning offers doctors high-resolution, 3D images for detecting minute anatomical details; multiple planes of view, including axial, coronal and sagittal; fast acquisition times, which reduce the chance for patient movement and retakes; lower radiation; and even user-friendly software.

The use of CBCT in periodontology has also proven to be useful in analyzing furcation involvements and intrabony defect patterns; diagnosing the extent and significance of tooth and alveolar fractures; evaluating bone loss patterns with periodontal disease and associated regenerative potential of defect morphology; evaluating pre- and postoperative bone grafting sites; and identifying exact location of vital structures such as the inferior mandibular nerve and nasopalatine canal, to name just a few benefits of the technology.

McAllister received his DDS from the University of Washington and completed his periodontal specialty training and PhD in San Antonio at the University of Texas. He is both a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and of the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He is a part-time faculty member in the department of periodontology at the Oregon Health Sciences University. McAllister’s research for the past 20 years has focused on bone grafting for implant reconstruction, wound healing and innovative implant designs. He has published over 25 manuscripts and book chapters in these areas of research.

The AAP is celebrating its 100th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif., Sept. 19-22. In addition to sponsoring the corporate forum, Carestream Dental is exhibiting in booth #607, Sept. 20-22, Moscone West Convention Center. The booth will feature new CBCT imaging systems that are redefining the field of periodontology.  

For more information on CBCT technology or any of Carestream Dental’s innovative solutions, please call 800.944.6365 or visit

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