24 May Computer-assisted implantology
Advances in computing enable the dentist to simulate the placement of dental implants using sophisticated software.
Principle of simulation of the positioning of the implants
In order to calculate the bone volume available to place the implants, the practitioner performs a scanner or a cone beam, which gives three-dimensional images of the jaws. These images can then be scanned and imported into a simulation software. The dental surgeon then designs the future prosthesis on these images and positions the future implants optimally so that they meet the prosthetic needs of the patient.
In these images, all the anatomical obstacles (adjacent teeth, nerves, sinuses, …) can be visualized. This full-scale simulation of the surgical procedure makes it more predictable and safer.
This technology is often reserved for complex cases.
Using a surgical guide for even greater precision, a surgical guide can be used. This is a replica of the future prosthesis that the surgeon will position in the patient’s mouth at the time of surgery.
This “model” will literally guide the surgical procedure, according to the computer planning that has been done upstream, thus guaranteeing the optimal placement of the implants.