A cone beam CT scan is the standard of care for dental implant placement. The cone beam scan is less radation vs. a medical grade CT and provides a 3D vs. 2D picture of your jaw. The implant placement can be simulated on the CT scan and the amount of bone in this exact location can be determined. The bone levels on the teeth adjacent to the space of the missing tooth will be a factor in the level of implant placement and how natural the tooth looks attached to the implant. A lack of bone and/or root resorption of adjacent teeth can compromise the final esthetic outcome.