Many periodontists use a 3D volume rendering technique that allows for the visualization and measurement of a patient’s bone density prior to the implant procedure. Measuring bone density during the initial implant exam is critical, as it determines the next steps of the procedure. If a patient has low bone density, they may need a bone grafting procedure before the actual implant can be placed. Today’s technology allows periodontists to conduct a painless scan, also called CBCT or cone beam computer tomography, to completely map out all the structures in a patient’s mouth. The 3D volume rendering technique is done to enable the doctor to accurately assess bone density without invasive procedures, and a 3D volumetric reconstruction gives the doctor the information needed to begin planning for bone grafting. The doctor can use the reconstruction to determine where the bone graft should be placed and how much bone will be needed.