Study questions records needed for orthodontic diagnosis – DrBicuspid

December 2, 2013 — Can orthodontists select an individual set of records needed for each patient rather than the full suite of dental models, facial and intraoral photographs, a set of 2D radiographs, and clinical measurements? A study in PLOS One implies just that, with the caveat that the researchers found only a few high-quality studies in the area.

In the study, a Dutch team reviewed the published literature and concluded that cephalograms are not needed for treatment planning in class II malocclusions, while digital models can replace plaster casts, and cone-beam CT (CBCT) is suitable for impacted canines.

Study questions records needed for orthodontic diagnosis.