There is no doubt that there are an increasing number of patients seeking dental implant therapy, and these patients are savvier than ever before.
They want quicker treatment and better communication with their dental team, in order to receive optimum results and a great experience for their investment.
From the dental professional’s perspective, the discipline of implant placement is changing too. Comprehensive solutions are available that enables practitioners to improve every stage of treatment from the clinical assessment to diagnosis, patient communication and treatment planning; ultimately facilitating the delivery of better treatment and longer-lasting results.
Scanning and Diagnosis
The development in scanning capabilities has excelled. Often, because the scanning potential is so vast (with the ability to see a 360° view of bone structures, bone volume, mandibular nerves, etc.), an immediate decision can be made as to whether the patient is viable for surgery or not. It is also now possible to merge scans so the full picture can be seen. For example, a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan and the intraoral scan can be combined for exceptional visualisation. Intraoral scanners play an important role in recording soft tissue anatomy and, if the practice uses an integrated system, images can easily be stored, retrieved and viewed along with all other patient information for a simple and highly efficient workflow.
The planning step in the treatment process is the most important. The strategy needs to consider the patient’s functional requirements and any anatomical constraints, all with a view of the final position of the restoration. Three-dimensional (3D) imaging allows multiple manipulation options so that the optimum final design can be implemented. Advanced software contains libraries of crowns that can be carefully selected and positioned in the appropriate axis, until the dentist is satisfied. This manipulation means that the final restoration provides optimum aesthetic and functional results. Leading intraoral scanners such as the CS 3600, are also easy to use and images can facilitate explanation of treatment to the patient for increased case acceptance.
Placement and the Final Restoration
When it comes to final restoration, the workflow can remain completely digital; information can be shared electronically with the laboratory and an intraoral scanner can be used again for capturing the implant position for the final prosthesis. From start to finish, the process is flexible, efficient, speedy and reliable.
For more information please contact Carestream Dental on 0800 169 9692 or visit www.carestreamdental.co.uk.