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VOLUME 8 , ISSUE 6 ( September, 2007 ) > List of Articles


A Method of Gauging Dental Radiographs during Treatment Planning for Dental Implants

Sukumaran Anil, Hamdan S. Al-Ghamdi

Citation Information : Anil S, Al-Ghamdi HS. A Method of Gauging Dental Radiographs during Treatment Planning for Dental Implants. J Contemp Dent Pract 2007; 8 (6):82-88.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-8-6-82

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-11-2008

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2007; The Author(s).



The goal of pre-surgical dental implant treatment planning is to position the optimum number and size of implant fixtures to achieve the best restorative results. The purpose of this article is to describe the use of radiographic imaging software to calibrate and measure anatomical landmarks to overcome inherent distortions associated with dental radiographs. The procedure along with its potential use as an adjunct to radiographic interpretation in routine clinical implant practice is presented.


Diagnostic imaging is an essential component of implant treatment planning, and a variety of advanced imaging modalities have been recommended to assist the dentist in assessing potential sites for implants. Although technological advances have resulted in new imaging innovations for implant dentistry, dental radiography remains the most widely used tool for determining the quantity and quality of alveolar bone as it is a non-invasive procedure. However, the unreliable magnification factor associated with conventional radiographs remains a major problem when estimating the amount of bone available at the implant site.


This image measurement technique is capable of assessing the bone quantity by measuring the height and width of the alveolar crest for a specified region in a two dimensional plane in any direction related to the visible landmarks in the oral cavity. These measurements can be used by the clinician to select the type of implant and its position. Since there is no additional equipment or cost involved, the technique can be used as an important adjunct in implant practice.


Anil S, Al-Ghamdi HS. A Method of Gauging Dental Radiographs during Treatment Planning for Dental Implants. J Contemp Dent Pract 2007 September; (8)6:082-088.

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