The idea of replacing missing teeth permanently has been a desire since centuries. The first ever implant was copper peg placed 3000 years ago and in 1960’s, Dr. Branemark discovered titanium fuse with bone, ever since there is no looking back.  

Diagnostic imaging plays an important role for treatment plan and the success of the implant with ease, accuracy and predictable results. However, an ideal imaging techniques should have precise accuracy to be able to visualize implant sites from all directions, proper bone quality and quantity, image construction, better access, low radiation exposure and most importantly low cost factor.  

In today’s digital world, implant therapy have achieved far beyond from where it has begin and are highly accepted treatment plan for oral rehabilitation. Advance digital technologies like a few mention below allows for precise and accurate treatment planning for the success of the implant placement. 


 a modification of the normal panoramic x-ray machine, give cross section images and describe the relationship between the vital structure and the implant site.                                                                         

Cone Beam Computed Tomography, 

the image formed is reconstructed using  cone beam and can be viewed from all directions using a software in a more clinical way. Besides, the radiation produced is 1/8th dose from the normal CT and give all information that of a CT. 


a modification, of CT that gives serial sections of bone and implant interface for better visualization. 

Multi slice helical computed tomography, 

a modification of CT that produces rapid volumetric data there by producing high accuracy of data compared to the normal CT.                            


 produces 3D programmed images which are well organized and are use for image study for accurate treatment planning.  Data acquisition time for maxilla and mandible is 15 mins.                                    

 Interactive computed tomography(ICT), 

a modification of CT, where it allows 3D image transfer and help increating diagnostic template. It also help in performing electronic surgery.                         

Below are few software which enhances the success of implant therapy.

 Implant Planning System by Leixir Group, an open implant surgery planning software. 

The system has 3D and virtual software for implant cases which creates 3D models of teeth and jawbones by giving details of gingival, tooth contours and nerves. 

The surgical guide is compatible with all implant system.

 Blue sky software, an advanced treatment planning software for computer guided surgery for implants. 

Planmeca Romexis software, a type of software which gives brief details of all stages of dental implant.

The aesthetic and prosthetic part completed with one single piece of software based on computer-assisted model of patients and fabrication of surgical guides with 2D and 3D modalities.   

With the innovation of many new technologies and methods implant placement nowadays, have become an ideal and highly successful treatment options for patients by increasing its efficiency, accuracy and success rate.