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CONE BEAM CT: Why You Need to Use Cone Beam CT, and How Best to Use it!
Presenter: Dr. Paul Jones
CE Credits: 3 Live Interactive CEU
Cost: $59 RDH/RDA $79 Dentist
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Course Description: After two years as a general practitioner Paul A Jones, DDS, MS returned to school to become an Endodontist. He maintained a private practice limited to Endodontics for over 38 years. Always the geek, he began using personal computers in his office in the mid 1980’s, implemented digital radiography in the early 1990's and purchased a Cone Beam CT machine in 2009. He was the first Endodontist in his city to utilize each of those technologies in his practice. He has read hundreds of articles and many books on CBCT, taken scores of classes on the subject, joined the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, attended their meetings, and taken and passed their CBCT Level I & II courses.

Dr. Jones is excited to share what he has learned in the last seven years about using CBCT to diagnose and treatment plan difficult endodontic cases. CBCT is a great help in detecting cracked teeth, missed canals, resorptive defects, non-odontogenic pathology, and for visualizing challenging root, canal, tooth, and bony anatomy.

He also has experience in helping others to use CBXT to decide if and where to place implants. You will learn how to virtually plan and place dental implants by using CBCT to measure exactly the width and depth of bone as well as evaluating its density. He will demonstrate how to use CBCT to create surgical guides so you can easily place dental implants exactly where you want them avoiding the inferior alveolar nerve canal and the maxillary sinus.

CBCT is also a great aid in planning the removal of impactions and other oral surgery, finding oral pathology, and diagnosing periodontal disease.

He’ll show you how you can utilize these modern techniques in your practice without even buying a Cone Beam machine, explain what you should know if you are considering buying a machine, and how to better use your machine if you have already purchased one.

He is eager to be teaming up with Dr. Kirsten Roling and Virtual Dontics to present this material online in this innovative method. With today's busy lifestyle, keeping up with the latest in dentistry and completing the required Continuing Education to renew your license can be a challenge. That just got a lot easier, more time efficient, and less expensive with this great 21st century tool. You can now get the latest knowledge at a time and place that is convenient to you.

So if you would like to learn how to begin implementing or to better utilize this amazing technology in your practice, this is the course for you. Dr. Jones will show you how to use CBCT to be more confident in your diagnosis and treatment planning in endo, perio, oral surgery, and implants.

This class may even prompt you to expand your practice into some of these fields and offer more treatment options in house to your patients. Showing them exactly in three dimensions what their anatomy and pathology looks like can lead to increase treatment acceptance and impress your patients with your knowledge and your modern techniques.

f you have no experience using CBCT or have some but would like to know how to better utilize it in your practice, this class is for you. You will see many examples of cases where CBCT showed anatomy and pathology that was not visible on conventional 2D periapical or panoramic x-rays leading to better diagnosis and treatment planning in most aspects of dental practice.


Audience: This course has been especially developed for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants in all practice settings.

Educational Objectives:

  • Understand what CBCT is and how it differs from conventional panoramic and periapical two dimensional dental X-rays.
  • Define Voxel, Field of View, artifacts and how they are applied to decide what CBCT scan you need to use in which application.
  • Learn when CBCT is indicated and when it is not.
  • Describe the ALARA principle to decide a. How to evaluate the amount of radiation a patient is exposed to with CBCT and conventional dental x-rays b. How to minimize radiation exposure while generating images that are useful in diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Discuss the relative risk of radiation exposure and how to explain and reassure your patients who are concerned about it
  • Gain information about using CBCT

a. In your practice without buying a machine

b. Factors to consider if you are thinking of buying one

c. How to better utilize a CBCT you already have one

  • Learn how CBCT can be used to virtually plan dental implants and generate a surgical guide to assist in placing them.
  • Incorporate CBCT to aid in diagnosis and treatment planning in Endodontics to determine the presence of apical lesions, cracks, missed canals, perforations, separated files, and the shape and curvature of canals.
  • Utilize CBCT to determine the precise location of the Inferior alveolar and nasopalatine canals and the maxillary sinus to plan endodontic surgery, remove impactions, and implant placement planning.
  • Implement CBCT to evaluate trauma, impactions, perio, dental and non-dental bony pathology, and learn about the relationship between sinusitis and dental infections.V

Faculty: Paul A Jones, DDS, MS attended the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, received his DDS from UMKC, practiced general dentistry in Lawrence Kansas for two years, received a Master’s of Science in Endodontics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and was in private practice limited to Endodontics in the Kansas City area for over thirty-five years. He has utilized personal computers for over thirty years, digital radiography for over twenty years, and Cone Beam CT for over six years. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Endodontists, the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologists, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, and Phi Kappa Phi. His other passions are sailing and digital photography.
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