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Imaging in implantology

1 Department of Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology, Dayananda Sagar College of Dental Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dayananda Sagar College of Dental Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0976-6944.187439

Diagnostic imaging techniques are an indispensable tool in developing and implementing a cohesive and comprehensive treatment plan. The excellent imaging modalities that exist today are employed to ascertain vital information concerning both pre- and post-operative phases. These imaging techniques can be grouped as either analog or digital and two- or three-dimensional. Combinations of these techniques usually suffice the diagnostic needs. These tools have crafted new paradigms that have redefined the perception of spatial positioning of implants and given a fillip to implantology. A literature based and book based review was performed pertaining to the advancements made in the field of dental implant imaging, ranging from its humble beginnings with intraoral periapical radiography to the current cross-sectional imaging techniques. This article discusses in brief about the current imaging trends for implant planning along with a special emphasis on the future perspective of providing real-time simulation images to the surgeon based on “augmented reality” techniques.

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