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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants



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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 6 (1991), No. 2     1. June 1991
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 6 (1991), No. 2  (01.06.1991)

Page 160-166

Digital Subtraction Radiography for the Assessment of Changes in Peri-lmplant Bone Density
Brägger, Urs / Bürgin, Walter / Lang, Niklaus P. / Buser, Daniel
Digital subtraction radiography is proposed as a potential diagnostic tool for implant research and patient monitoring. Examples of the application of this technique are given observing peri-implant density changes during the early healing phase and during ligature-induced peri-implantitis in an animal model. Additional cases document the loss of peri-implant bone density associated with an infection and increase in density caused by remodeling after functional loading of an implant with a single crown. Digital subtraction radiography might be one of the most sensitive noninvasive methods for assessing subtle density changes in peri-implant tissues, providing additional diagnostic information on implant tissue integration and maintenance.

Keywords: diagnosis, digital subtraction radiography, implants, standardized radiographs