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Imaging Sci Dent. 2011 Jun;41(2):59-62. English. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.5624/isd.2011.41.2.59
Yunus B .
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia. barunawaty@yahoo.com
Abstract

PURPOSE: This study was performed to evaluate the changes of jaw bone density around the dental implant after placement using computed tomography scan (CT-Scan). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study consisted of 30 patients who had lost 1 posterior tooth in maxilla or mandible and installed dental implant. The patients took CT-Scan before and after implant placement. Hounsfield Unit (HU) was measured around the implants and evaluated the difference of HU before and after implant installation. RESULTS: The mean HU of jaw bone was 542.436 HU and 764.9 HU before and after implant placement, respectively (p<0.05). The means HUs for male were 632.3 HU and 932.2 HU and those for female 478.2 HU and 645.5 HU before and after implant placement, respectively (p<0.05). Also, the jaw bone with lower density needed longer period for implant procedure and the increased change of HU of jaw bone was less in the cases which needed longer period for osseointegration. CONCLUSION: CT-Scan could be used to assess the change of bone density around dental implants. Bone density around dental implant was increased after placement. The increased rate of bone density could be determined by the quality of jaw bone before implant placement.

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