In just under a decade, we have turned dental implants from the most risky and stress inducing procedures we can perform both surgically and restoratively into one of the most predictable procedures we can perform while drastically reducing the cost of care, whether you fabricate the prothesis yourself or outsource it to a lab.
With guided surgery, the benefits are immeasurable. One good argument is that clinicians can avoid certain surgeries while discovering physical limitations during the planning stage. Furthermore, if performed fully guided, once can generally place the implant exactly where it was digitally planned in 3D on a CT scan.
Restoratively, we also have some tremendous advantages; whether you are performing single units or multiples, digital impressions give you an advantage you never had with physical impressions. In this first video, we emphasize how you and your team should take picture of the scanbody that is being used during the digital impression. It is very easy for you or the lab to mistakenly label digital impression in the design software.
The great benefit of digital impressions is realized when you can capture all of the contact areas of neighboring teeth. Furthermore, you have the ability to digitally sculpt the soft tissue and create the emergence profile for your abutment. When you take the soft tissue profile, the position of the head of the implant, and the contacts of the adjacent teeth into consideration in your design, you stack the odds of a successful restoration into your favor