The innovation in digital products and processes for implantology is continually advancing. This success is attributed to the reliability of digital workflows as a therapeutic solution. These techniques are not only advantageous for implant-supported rehabilitation with immediate loading but also for ensuring the best emergence profile in tissues supporting implants. This lecture demonstrates that 3D guided surgery is the key to achieving long-term stability and maintaining both hard and soft tissue rehabilitation.
Furthermore, the field of dentistry as a whole is undergoing a transformation from analog to digital. Since the advent of digital technology, we have experienced a transitional phase, which is ongoing in certain specialties. During this phase, workflows have remained a blend of established analog procedures and continually evolving digital innovations. Presently, with the rapid advancement of processes and products, we have the capability to fully digitize certain clinical procedures. However, it is essential to acknowledge that some parameters lack comprehensive documentation and scientific verification.
Regrettably, the research and development departments of corporate structures are often the driving force, while scientific experts struggle to keep pace. They initiate numerous studies to evaluate and substantiate the actual benefits of these ongoing innovations. Undoubtedly, digital tools play a pivotal role in enhancing our profession's precision, predictability, and reducing operator dependency. Nevertheless, the adoption of these new technologies demands substantial efforts from dental teams.
Augmented and virtual reality, coupled with artificial intelligence, are poised to simplify procedures. However, every technological revolution requires time to cultivate expertise. Currently, there is a pronounced shortage of educators specializing in digital dentistry within both universities and private education.
- Understand the real meaning of a full Digital workflow following the (SCAN, PLAN, MAKE, DONE) concept
- Understand the sequencing and usage of 3D imaging (DICOM files), digital models, planning software and the surgical guide for all kind of edentulism
- Provide an overview of the latest developments in computer imaging technologies as the 3D segmentation, guiding systems and Abutment design for an optimal tissue stability
- Understand the long term benefits of guided surgery together with a comprehensive abutment design, for tissues supporting implants?
- Through well documented cases, the latest treatment protocols, like, Socket shield or full arch rehabilitations using stackable guides will be detailed step by step