Indian Journal of Dental Research

LETTER TO EDITOR
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 450--451

Importance of cone beam computed tomography and ridge mapping gauge in determining the residual alveolar bone width for immediate implant placement


Amit Arvind Agrawal 
 Department of Periodontics, MGV's KBH Dental College and Hospital, Nashik - 422 003, Maharashtra, India

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Amit Arvind Agrawal
Department of Periodontics, MGVSQs KBH Dental College and Hospital, Nashik - 422 003, Maharashtra
India




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Agrawal AA. Importance of cone beam computed tomography and ridge mapping gauge in determining the residual alveolar bone width for immediate implant placement.Indian J Dent Res 2016;27:450-451


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Agrawal AA. Importance of cone beam computed tomography and ridge mapping gauge in determining the residual alveolar bone width for immediate implant placement. Indian J Dent Res [serial online] 2016 [cited 2022 May 29 ];27:450-451
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Sir,

With reference to an article published in a recent issue of your journal by Chandraker et al., [1] there are some points that need clarification and also simplification of the technique described by them.

Accurate assessment of bone dimensions around an implant could best be done by the 3D imaging using computed tomography (CT). As rightly pointed out by authors, [1] routine use of CT in dentistry is not accepted due to its cost, excessive radiation, and general practicality. However, cone beam CT (CBCT), which the authors have failed to mention in their list, is commonly used in recent years. Patient radiation dose is five times lower (29-477 μSv) than normal CT (approximately 2000 μSv), as the exposure time is approximately 18 s, i.e. one-seventh the amount compared with the conventional medical CT. [2] Furthermore, the time required for image reconstruction takes approximately 1 min for CBCT. [3]

However, if any of these diagnostic imaging facilities is not available at certain locations or the patient or doctor is not willing to get the scan done, then the technique described by the authors [1] is very useful. To make the technique less cumbersome, the last step "scraping the cast in the labial and palatal region," (as depicted in Figure 6 of the article) [1] can be eliminated. After the 7 th step, i.e. "transferring the ridge mapping reading to the sectioned cast," (as depicted in Figure 5 of the article) [1] a Vernier caliper can be used to measure the amount of bone available [Figure 1].{Figure 1}

Furthermore, the ridge mapping gauge (as shown in Figure 6 of the article) [1] can be used directly into the socket to determine the cortical bone thickness. Since the beaks of the gauge are already sharp, they would penetrate the soft-tissue thickness [Figure 2]. [4] One beak will stop at the outer surface of cortical plate and the other beak rests on the inner surface of the bone accessed through the socket formed immediately after extraction. In this way, we can eliminate all the impressions and plaster works and still be able to achieve our objectives.{Figure 2}

The technique described by the authors is economical and applicable where advanced diagnostic facilities, especially CBCT, are either not available or not affordable by the patient. However, using the ridge mapping gauge directly into the extraction socket could achieve the same objectives without the impression and plaster works.

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References

1Chandraker NK, Chowdhary R, Verma A. Technique to assess the alveolar bone width for immediate implant placement in fresh extraction sockets. Indian J Dent Res 2013;24:784-6.
2Mohan R, Singh A, Gundappa M. Three-dimensional imaging in periodontal diagnosis - Utilization of cone beam computed tomography. J Indian Soc Periodontol 2011;15:11-7.
3Orth RC, Wallace MJ, Kuo MD; Technology Assessment Committee of the Society of Interventional Radiology. C-arm cone-beam CT: General principles and technical considerations for use in interventional radiology. J Vasc Interv Radiol 2008;19:814-20.
4Somborac M. Implants for Single Tooth Replacement in the Esthetic Zone: Immediate Insertion Compared to Delayed Insertion Treatment in a Private Practice. Oral Health Group; August, 2008. Available from: http://www.oralhealthgroup.com/issues/toc.aspx?edition=8/1/2008. [Last cited on 2014 Mar 21].