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Volume 11 , Issue 5
September/October 1998

Pages 442-452

Imaging Techniques and Image Interpretation for Dental Implant Treatment


PMID: 9922736

Purpose: This article reviews the literature on radiographic imaging techniques and image interpretation for dental implant treatment. Materials and Methods: MEDLINE was used to identify published peer-reviewed literature for this report. Results: Radiographic images are indispensable in the evaluati on of osseous structures when planning treatment for dental implants. Potential bone sites for implant placement can be assessed clinically by means of palpation or probing through the mucosa; however, diagnostic imaging provides the best means for indirectly measuring bone dimensions. After healing of the implant site, the application of radiology is useful to verify the amount of bon e adjacent to the implant and that the transmucosal abutments fit the implant. Upon completion of the implant prosthesis, radiology may be used to monitor initial and long-term success of implant treatment. Conclusion: Recommendations for the application of radiology over the course of treatment are made for various implant cases ranging from the overdenture to the single-tooth implant.

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