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DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-1764357
Review Article

Cone Beam Computed Tomography and Virtual Cloning: A Review

1   Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Nitte (Deemed to be University), AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences (ABSMIDS), Mangalore, India
1   Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Nitte (Deemed to be University), AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences (ABSMIDS), Mangalore, India
1   Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Nitte (Deemed to be University), AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences (ABSMIDS), Mangalore, India
Deepthi Darwin
1   Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Nitte (Deemed to be University), AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences (ABSMIDS), Mangalore, India
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With the use of technologies, dental office workflow is moving toward a more efficient and cost-effective approach. Digitalization of dental records and computer-assisted imaging techniques have simplified workflow. Innovation and introduction of cone beam computed tomography, proface (facial three-dimensional [3D] soft-tissue capture), intraoral scan, planning software, and 3D printers has changed the dental profession. Clinical practice uses virtual workflows, and digital dentistry is a new development. The purpose of this article is to update the dental professionals with different available technologies for the creation of a virtual patient and digital tools that can be used for diagnosis, treatment planning, and follow-up of patients. The advantages of digital dentistry and future scope are highlighted in this article.

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Article published online:
18 April 2023

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