The Dental Implant Diagnostic Work Up involves a few hours of collecting important information about a dental implant patient. The dental implant dentist collects information about the dental implant patient's condition to assist with future dental implant treatment planning.
The dental implant dentist is interested in how much natural bone a patient has. X-rays help estimate the available bone for dental implants. The panoramic x-ray gives the dental implant dentist an idea of how much bone there is in the upper and lower jaws.
Dental study models are made from impressions of the dental implant patient's upper and lower jaws. The study models are then mounted to show how the dental implant patient bites and gives the dental implant dentist an idea of how many, and how large, the replacement teeth need to be. The models can be used to create wax teeth that replace the missing teeth. The dental implants usually go immediately below the replacement teeth that the dental implants support. After the positions of the replacement teeth are determined using wax recreations, then the best position of the dental implants can be determined.
Next the dental implant dentist determines if there is enough jaw bone in the areas that the dental implants will be inserted. If there is not enough bone, then bone grafting has to be done or the position of a dental implant is changed to a position that has adequate bone.
Some dental implant patients have CAT Scan ( Simplant ) studies done. These x-ray studies can be used to create virtual computer models of the dental implant patient. The dental implant dentist can then do bloodless and painless virtual dental implant surgery on the patient. This can really help better plan the actual dental implant surgery.
Where the dental implants must go also depends on the desires and needs of the dental implant patient. There is a very big difference in planning a single implant versus a full mouth of dental implants.