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Implant Dent. 2014 Oct;23(5):612-6. doi: 10.1097/ID.0000000000000118.

Nonradiological method for 3-dimensional implant position assessment using an intraoral scan: new method for postoperative implant control.

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*Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Hanover Medical School, Hanover, Germany. †Department of Biometry, Hanover Medical School, Hanover, Germany.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

This study presents a method to verify the position of dental implants after insertion without the repeated x-ray exposure.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

An implant was inserted into the natural gap between the canines and premolars of 8 domestic pigs and 1 human patient. A scanbody was then connected to the implants and a digital intraoral impression of the jaw segment was acquired using a handheld scanner. In addition, the implant position was radiologically detected by cone beam computed tomography. The position of the implant based on both techniques was compared by digital matching.

RESULTS:

The position of the dental implants determined by the scanner accurately represents the position in the radiograph in the pigs and also in the human patient.

CONCLUSION:

Evaluating the position of implants using intraoral scans is a straightforward, accurate, and radiation-free method of 3-dimensional implant position determination.

PMID:
25192152
DOI:
10.1097/ID.0000000000000118
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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