JICDRO is a UGC approved journal (Journal no. 63927)
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-36

Significance of cone beam computed tomography based implant treatment planning and fabrication of stereolithographic surgical guides for implant therapy in the nasopalatine canal region

1 Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Detroit Mercy, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208, USA
2 Private Practice, Plymouth, Michigan, USA
3 Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, The University of Michigan, School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078, USA
4 Department of Periodontics, Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry, Nashville, TN 37221, USA
5 Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Temple University Office of the Dean, Philadelphia, PA, USA
6 Restorative Dentistry, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, Detroit, MI 48208, USA

Correspondence Address:
Ashok Balasundaram
Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Detroit Mercy, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-0754.131400

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Implants are being used in practice today with ever increasing types of implants and simple procedures through which dentists can place them. However, the chance for a complication to occur while placing implants has been largely under-estimated. This is primarily because emphasis is not placed in avoiding important neurovascular structures such as the nasopalatine canal during implant surgery. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is being widely utilized in implant treatment planning. Third-party software is applied to CBCT data to enable treatment planning. Several of these treatment plans are used to fabricate stereo lithographic guides which will help with placement of the implant at the planned site with total precision. This case-review explains how CBCT can help in placing implants with the help of a surgical guide in anatomically challenged areas such as the nasopalatine canal.

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