Advances in digital technology have resulted in contemporary and efficient digital workflows from pre-operative planning to definitive prosthesis for both implant and conventional prostheses. Commencing with the intra-oral optical (digital) scanning and CBCT, the current technology offers merging of the data files for optimal implant surgical planning that can be more precisely prosthetically guided than the conventional techniques. While all these advantages are obvious, mistakes can be easily made when cases are not planned appropriately, or if bone dictates implant positioning.
On the prosthodontic front, digital technology is transforming the workflow in our clinics and dental laboratories. Dentists are finding significantly improved efficiency and seamless collaboration with laboratories. With the CAD-CAM technology well established in dental laboratories, newer materials are being developed with improved mechanical and optical properties resulting in restorations that are revolutionising what we offer our patients, and how this workflow can be delivered. Digital dentistry is used to “virtually” design reconstructions which can then be milled from prefabricated blanks of different materials. The milling of prosthetic materials can be performed chairside, in small dental laboratories or, at an industrial scale, offering numerous prosthetic options for our patients.
This lecture provides a systematic approach to learn about incorporating digital impression (optical scan) systems and CAD/CAM technology into your practice. The lecture will take you through the step-by-step processes for treatment planning using the Codiagnostix implant planning software.
- Discuss the use of digital tools to perform comprehensive treatment planning and guided surgery
- Discuss the use of digital diagnostic wax-up including tooth movements that may be necessary when planning patients requiring pre-restorative orthodontic treatment
- Discuss the use of digital implant planning with the Codiagnostix software
- Demonstrate a technique to merge the prosthetic plan and CBCT data in order to define the most ideal 3-dimensional implant position and thereafter design surgical guide
- Discuss indications ranging from single to multiple unit restorations in partially dentate patients
- Explain the digital workflow in edentulous patients for implant planning including guided surgical planning
- Discuss the prosthetic materials used in CAD/CAM