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CBCT for Implant Dentistry Treatment Planning

By Thomas M. Bilski, DDS

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An approach that comprises virtual treatment planning using cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) followed by guided surgery has numerous benefits. In combination with laboratory treatment-planning software and a guided-surgery approach, CBCT allows clinicians to use flapless implant placement, which is less invasive and associated with high patient satisfaction, reduced patient discomfort, and improved soft-tissue outcomes.


  • Compare the limitations of 2D traditional images with the accuracy of 3D CBCT images.

  • Determine when it is appropriate to provide endodontic therapy or to extract.

  • Develop a treatment that considers alternatives to traditional therapies and the long-term successes of such therapies.

  • Develop treatment plans based on what the patient presents and the patient's willingness to undergo therapy.

  • Recognize the minimum physiologic dimensions required for successful long-term implant dentistry.

About the Author

Thomas M. Bilski, DDS, Private Practice, Independence, Ohio

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