Errors in radiographic assessment of marginal bone height around osseointegrated implants
Article first published online: 1 OCT 2007
European Journal of Oral Sciences
Volume 98, Issue 5, pages 428–433, October 1990
How to Cite
SEWERIN, I. P. (1990), Errors in radiographic assessment of marginal bone height around osseointegrated implants. European Journal of Oral Sciences, 98: 428–433. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0722.1990.tb00994.x
- Issue published online: 1 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 1 OCT 2007
- Accepted for publication 14 March 1990.
- implants, artificial;
- radiography, dental
Abstract – Radiographic assessment of marginal bone height is included in longitudinal control of osseointegrated implants. Previous studies have revealed a mean annual loss of less than 0.1 mm. The purpose of the present study was by means of an experimental model to analyze the influence upon alveolar bone height measures around osseointegrated implants of buccolingual bone dimensions as well as angulations of fixture axis to central X-ray beam. Brånemark titanium implants were inserted into acrylic test blocks simulating alveolar ridges of various widths. 0.2 mm steel wires visualized buccal and lingual bone margins. Standardized radiographs were obtained by stepwise variation of projection angles. Separation of the wire images varied from 0.1 mm (buccolingual width 5 mm and 1° angulation) to 4.8 mm (width 13 mm and angulation 20°). In clinical cases distortion of buccal and lingual bone margins may result in overestimation of bone heights. The degree of overestimation is influenced by the buccolingual position of the fixture. Strict parallelism between fixture axes and film plane is essential to obtain valid results using single films.