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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2017, Article ID 7956041, 6 pages
Case Report

Cone Beam CT in Diagnosis and Surgical Planning of Dentigerous Cyst

1Magister Program in Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile
2CIMA-Research Center in Applied Morphology, Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile
3Faculty of Dentistry, Universidad de La Frontera, 1145 Francisco Salazar Avenue, P.O. Box 54-D, Temuco, Chile

Correspondence should be addressed to Nilton Alves; rb.moc.oohay@sevlannotlin

Received 25 October 2016; Revised 6 January 2017; Accepted 15 January 2017; Published 15 February 2017

Academic Editor: Daniel Torrés-Lagares

Copyright © 2017 Naira Figueiredo Deana and Nilton Alves. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Diagnosis and preoperative planning are critical in the execution of any surgical procedure. Panoramic radiography is a routine method used in dentistry to assist clinical diagnosis; however, with this technique 3D anatomical structures are compressed into 2D images, resulting in overlapping of structures which are of interest in the diagnosis. In this study we report the case of a patient who presented with a dentigerous cyst of expressive dimensions in the body of the mandible region. The surgery was planned and executed after observing the margins of the lesion by Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). We conclude that CBCT is a precise method to help diagnosis; it provides greater accuracy in surgical treatment planning through 3D image display, allowing more effective results.