Dental implants are metal cylinders made of titanium surgically placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. Implants replace the roots of missing teeth and support single crowns, large bridges, and dentures. State-of-the-art technology makes it possible for these implant-supported replacement teeth to look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
Types of Dental Implants
There are many types of dental implants and many ways to use dental implants to achieve your goals of a pleasing smile and good chewing function. Contact your prosthodontist Dr. Emanuele Cicero to find out how dental implants can improve your life and if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Virtual Prosthetically driven Implant Placement
The role of digital technology in the Prosthodontist’s profession
Digital innovation will undoubtedly change and improve our profession, and I believe that the greater benefit of this technological developments consists in deepening multidisciplinary approach for better diagnosis. For this reason it needs to have a clear direction: it is fundamental to understand that all this data and digital tools have no value on their own but all of its importance (mostly in diagnostics) relies is the user’s ability to interpret them.
Digital technology has been widely used to increase the predictability of implant planning and placement. Dr. Emanuele Cicero and his team use the digital workflow selectively in their cases; it is utilized mainly with virtual planning and guided implant surgery.
Three- dimensional printed templates used by Dr. Cicero and his team are produced by superimposition of a surface scan and cbct and lead to a higher accuracy of implant placement compared with templates which use physical elements transferring the virtual planning into reality. Overall this leads to a predictable and successful prosthetically driven implant placement, thereby reducing treatment time and cost.
The ability of the virtual implant planning software merging all STL and DICOM files eliminate the need to individualize the radiographic template. Based on this complete data set, the design and fabrication of computer surgical guides can proceed with improved precision, which can result in more accurate implant placement than obtained with previous techniques.
Dr. Emanuele Cicero and his team utilize intraoral scanners and cutting edge technology for a predictable prosthetically driven implant placement. Intra-oral scanning devices have recently started to contribute considerably to these novel treatment modalities with respect to treatment planning. By superimposing images of recognizable structures (e.g. teeth) obtained from cone-beam computerized tomography and intra-oral scanning, a more realistic digital view of the dental hard and soft tissues of a patient is created. A digital set-up can also be added to this data set, to assist dental professionals to execute the planning in relation to the future prosthetic restoration.
Advantages of Guided Implant Surgery
Several advantages are associated with guided implant surgery (GIS) such as step-back planning and three – dimensional evaluation of the relationship between final reconstruction and local anatomy. Transferring this virtual information into reality might be helpful in avoiding malposition of implants or injury of vital anatomical structures.