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2.2 Diagnostic procedures and indication-specific planning based on the SAC classification

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Module 2.2 © HartLieb / SpringerMedizin

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Learning objectives

Once you have completed this e-tutorial, you will….

  • be familiar with the principles of diagnostic radiology in dental implantology.
  • have insight into documentation, visualization, analysis, and case planning using digital techniques in dentistry.
  • Understand indication-based risk analysis and case planning in analog and digital workflows for straightforward (S), advanced (A), and complex (C) cases.


Imaging techniques in dental implantology should enable evaluation of alveolar ridge resorption and vertical bone fractures as well as presentation of interradicular defects and furcation involvement. In addition to precise knowledge of the anatomic situation, optimal use of the available bone is of central importance. A common feature of all two-dimensional techniques lies in the reduction of diagnostic information due to intrinsic anatomic overlay and image distortion. High-resolution three-dimensional methods facilitate treatment planning and improve the prediction of treatment outcome. This course module provides a detailed description of the principles of diagnostic radiology in dental implantology. Documentation, visualization, analysis, and individual planning based on digital techniques are presented. Based on four case examples, the reader will learn about indication-based risk analysis and individual case planning using the SAC classification in both analog and digital workflows.


F. Hermann, J. Fleiner, K.-L. Ackermann

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