clinical application of digital implant surgery
Panoramic radiographs systematically underestimate the available remaining bone for implant placement. The inferiority of panoramic radiographs, when compared to cross-sectional images has already been highlighted for implant planning. In fact cross-sectional images associated with dedicated planning software permits accurate measurements and predictable planning both for the number and location of implant to be planned. That combination of cross-sectional exams associated with dedicated planning software instead of panoramic exam is used to optimized placement planning for oral implant. This technology both an aesthetic driven implant placement and to modify treatment plan by reducing the need of additional surgery thus reducing treatment cost, duration and risk of morbidity and thus patient acceptance.
Image guided surgery is an incredible tool for aesthetic and prosthetic driven implant placement. Some complex cases can be shift into simple cases. It is also a communication tool that enhance acceptance rate.