modern trends in implant dentistry- standardized- individualized- digitalized
Digital media has become an integral part of daily life. In the same way, virtual-mediated applications play an essential role in the development of implant dental medicine. Digital technologies offer supplementary treatment options in the fields of diagnostic imaging,computer-assisted implant planning including guided placement, and intraoral scanning as well as laboratory fabrication.
In this context, the established conventional implant workflow can be combined and added by selective digital applications; or even a complete virtually based workflow is feasible for the entire treatment sequence today. The key factor for the realization of a stream lined workflow is the scanning technology embedded in the field of computer-assisted dental processing.
Digital implant impressions symbolize the link between the interface of oral surgery and prosthodontics. Therefore, intraoral scanning constitutes a major role in the development of a full digital implant workflow. The correct 3D detection of the implant platform position and the transfer of the supra-implant mucosa architecture are crucial for a successful treatment with predictable outcomes. Moreover, patient-centered outcomes are gaining importance in dental therapy concepts: clinical success of the overall treatment is assumed as self-evident;convenience-oriented strategies are in the focus of the patients with their growing claims.
However, how many bits‘n bytes are necessary to fulfill the dentist's and patient's expectations satisfying clinical and technical requirements in routine implant practice? The implementation of digital workflows strongly depends upon personal attitudes and interests;yet today, the implementation of virtual implant technology is not a question of if, but more of when to jump on...
Intended Learning Objectives
- A current overview of treatment protocols in the field of digital implant dentistry. The main focus is highlighted on fixed implant restorations, starting with the virtual planning, guided insertion, intraoral scanning, and subsequently, the prosthodontic rehabilitation.
- Clinical workflows are shown step-by-step for monolithic single- as well as multi-unit implant reconstructions.
- Time / cost – analyses are presented for different treatment protocols comparing digital and conventional workflows.
- The supra-implant mucosa architecture and the use of digital technologies in esthetic implant prosthodontics.
- The supra-implant mucosa architecture individually according to the digitalization of the extracted tooth’s contour or by the three-dimensional radiographic shape of the mirrored contra-lateral.
Finally, a future perspective is summarized for further developments of dental technologies and clinical treatment concepts.