1.2 Treatment planning

A thorough patient assessment is the basis of any dental treatment plan. You can finalize the diagnosis and prognosis of the oral situation, and undertake treatment planning in your office with the information gathered from the initial visit with the patient. Carrying out treatment planning comprises 5 steps:

  1. Contacting the patient’s physician (if necessary)
  2. Analysis of the existing lower complete denture and finding the ideal implant position
  3. Radiographic planning
  4. Risk assessment
  5. Visit planning and cost proposal

Learning objectives

  • Identify and select a patient who is suitable for straightforward implant treatment.

  • Complete the risk assessment considering the patient’s medical or dental history.

  • Perform a thorough analysis of the radiographs to determine which implant to use.

  • Use the Straumann® X-ray Template and the formula to calculate the distortion of the radiographic image for accurate planning.

  • Be able to discuss with your dental technician the proposed case and any necessary restorative planning options.

  • Be able to discuss the potential improvements that can be expected from implant placement.

  • Prepare the treatment plan, costs and alternative treatment options for discussion with the patient at the next visit.