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Master of Science



First Advisor

Thomas Waldrop


BACKGROUND: Clinicians rely on radiographs and clinical exam to assess infrabony defects. However, two-dimensional radiographs have many limitations. Three-dimensional imaging has shown promise and has provided more precise measurements of defects created in skulls. The aim of this study is to compare the diagnostic efficacy of cone beam computed tomography to clinical measurements in patients presenting with infrabony defects. METHODS: The study population included 20 patients with 25 infrabony defects. Clinical measurements of pocket depth (PD), gingival margin (GM), bone sounding (BS) were obtained and PD and BS were compared to CBCT measurements. RESULTS: The average difference between the means of measurements obtained by BS and by CBCT was 1.08mm with BS always being the greater value. BS measurement was statistically significantly different with p<0.05 from CAL and CBCT values. CONCLUSION: The CBCT provided measurements that are on average 1.08mm smaller than bone sounding measurements.


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Date of Submission

May 2014

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