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Volume 11 , Issue 6
November/December 1996

Pages 787-793

Three-Dimensional Templates for Placement of Root-Form Dental Implants: A Technical Note

Frank L. Higginbottom, DDS/Thomas G. Wilson, Jr, DDS

PMID: 8990642

This report describes a method for gathering information to assist in properly placing dental implants. A diagnostic template is first fabricated, incorporating radiographic markers. Radiographs of the template are obtained, and data from their study are transferred to the laboratory to facilitate the fabrication of a surgical template. This procedure has the potential to map implant sites three dimensionally. Template use can result in a greater number of implants placed in optimal positions. (INT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC IMPLANTS 1996;11:787793)

Key words: dental implant, implant placement, surgical template, treatment planning

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