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Once you have completed this e-tutorial, you will…
- know the diagnostic procedures used on a case-by-case basis.
- understand the principles governing individual planning of prosthetic restoration with endosseous implants.
- know the general space, instrumental, and personnel requirements for implant surgery in the dental practice.
The patient's preference for implant-borne prosthetic restoration is at the center of the patient–implantologist relationship. In a participative decision-making process, the treatment goal is defined, and individual diagnostic and planning procedures are determined accordingly. The overall esthetic and functional future of the orofacial system is always the primary focus. Whereas medical history taking addresses the patient's general medical limitations/diseases, the diagnostic procedures assess the individual anatomic situation for the planned measures. Key diagnostic questions are "What has been lost and what should be replaced?" and "How many implants are required to support a fixed dental prosthesis and in which positions?" Although a dental implant replaces the function of the root of a natural tooth, its position cannot be corrected by orthodontic treatment post-implantation. It is therefore essential to define and implement the optimal implant position.