1.1 Patient's expectations, history and examination

Successful implant treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan, which is derived from gathering comprehensive and complete patient information. This is done by obtaining a detailed history and conducting a thorough examination. With this systematic approach, you will be guided in formulating a treatment plan that addresses your patient's needs for a good clinical outcome.

Learning objectives

  • Be able to conduct a structured patient assessment to gather details of the patient’s medical and dental history.

  • Recognize the absolute and relative general and medical contraindications for implant treatment.

  • Conduct a thorough extraoral and intraoral clinical examination, and look for site-specific factors which are relevant for implant treatment planning.

  • Be aware of success and survival rates of different treatment options to be able to discuss the benefits and risks of treatment with the patient.