Abstract

Currently, x-ray-based imaging is used before and after the dental implant treatment, but the ionizing radiation is potentially harmful to patients and operators. Here, we demonstrate ex vivo photoacoustic imaging of a dental implant embedded in a porcine jawbone. By layering biological tissue over the jawbone to mimic a clinical environment, we demonstrate 10 mm deep imaging. Our results show that photoacoustic imaging can provide jawbone anatomical information, the location of an embedded implant fixture, and the thickness of the soft tissue above the jawbone.

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