Today’s tools provide greater accuracy and a better patient experience
We try to get a “big picture” for each patient when they first practice. We performed 3Shape TRIOS intraoral scanning of all new patients. This digital information is kept in their records and we will use it for virtual treatment planning later on. Before we treat patients, we can increasingly identify and deal with a case that will help predict the outcome. It helps the workflow identify and know what we will need. If we need any special parts or need more preparation (bone graft or other enhancement), we know before surgery.
We use 3Shape’s Implant Studio to create surgical guidelines, plan planting, and print on 3D printers. The 3D software program also enables us to actually perform surgery and physical rehabilitation ahead of schedule, which is better for the patient because we can
Identify workflow issues prior to patient contact. We know what type of final fix we should be able to make. We also save time by eliminating the impression of a reservation because the implant position can be picked up during a scan using the scan logo. We can make sure that we are not only at the best surgical site, but that we are patient safe when placing the implant.
We combine intraoral scanning with 3D X-rays to create surgical guidelines, whether in our office or elsewhere. We also use intra-oral scans to better understand the use of shadows, and any other information in this case (such as occlusion), and show that existing teeth, if any, are used as reference points.
We have used several 3D printers for about 4 years in our lab. These allow us to take some digitized things on the screen and reproduce it. So if it is a research model, a working model, or trying to recover, 3D printing in the digital domain has many advantages. We use three materials for printing: stone replicating materials, biocompatible materials for the oral cavity such as surgical guides and soft tissues, which are important for printing digital models of implants.
The benefits of the patient
Experience is very important for the patient because he or she can see the scanning process in the mouth without the need to make an impression. Essentially, if you start with a more accurate mouth representation, you get a more precise surgical guidance and a final fix. Knowing they are in the office using the latest technology, the patient also has some degree of comfort.
In the end, the tools that Digital Dentistry gave us enabled us to do what we could not do before. These tools, if used properly and comprehensively, let us know the great insight that we are trying to get there before we go.