Precision Starts Here
Digital dentistry requires its own path. A successful outcome depends completely on the quality of the records you take. Every step of treatment planning is dictated by these records. Nothing is ever lost in the development of the plan, the data just grows as it represents the current treatment. However, keep in mind, the overall accuracy will be dictated by the weakest digital record.
Full Arch Impression or Intraoral Scan
The more pieces to the puzzle, the clearer the picture will be. We suggest taking full arch impressions or intraoral scans whenever possible. Using a full arch record will greatly increase your accuracy by offering more information for the file alignment process and guide design. Rest assured, if a full arch is not possible we have the experience to move forward.
The CT scan can be viewed as the most important step in the process. It serves as the blueprint or scaffold to position digital files as well as to highlight hard tissue that can not be recorded otherwise.
It is paramount to capture the highest quality scan possible. The patient should be positioned in the scanner so that the arch of interest is as parallel as possible to the axial slices taken by the CT scanner. This little detail will reduce the height of the scatter zone, created by any form of metal restorative work in the mouth.
It is highly recommended to use all restraints provided by the manufacturer to minimize patient movement during the scan acquisition. Attention to this detail produces a scan with better focus, resulting in higher quality 3D modeling. Imagine this, if the patient moves just 1mm during the scan it could drastically change the resolution and definition of the CT imagery. This blurring adversely affects planning by presenting the greatest difficulty in determining implant position and is responsible for the highest degree of inaccuracy.
The case presentation is assembled using the CT data as a road map to merge any number of digital files. These files are a collection of anatomical information necessary in order to plan the case properly. They can consist of either open format intraoral scans or physical models that have been digitized, wax ups, and now becoming more popular, full facial surface scans. This assembly of data creates a visual representation of the patient, providing the perfect canvas to precisely plan your case.
Once the case presentation is prepared, the next step is to set up an online meeting to discuss and finalize the proposed plan. This is where your team can call the shots. You are able to decide on surgical protocol and together finalize any thoughts regarding designs and implant positions, before continuing to production.