3D planning for predictable dental implants

Interview with Dr. Marcus Dagnelid, about predictable dental implants

To achieve outstanding prosthetic results as planned, a restorative-driven treatment approach, supported by an accurate 3D dental implant planning and a guided treatment solution, is key to success and patient satisfaction.

Inspiration & Insights met Dr. Marcus Dagnelid from Gothenburg, Sweden, a clinician with extensive experience in guided surgery systems, to gain insights on the advantages of digital treatment planning in daily dental implant practice.

Digital protocol guides the entire planning process

Dr Dagnelid, to start with a simple and maybe a bit provocative question – how come, that you, as a certified prosthodontist, are at the same time an expert in guided surgery?

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Dr Marcus Dagnelid, Prosthodontist, Gothenburg, Sweden

Early in my career, I understood the importance of a detailed and thorough treatment planning process, especially in the field of dental implants. The patient asking for treatment rarely considers dental implants as surgically oriented, patients are looking for better function and esthetics first hand.

While being on the restorative side, you quickly realize the difficulties presented with poor implant placements and the negative effects on the treatment outcome. For me, it was a natural consequence to take over the surgical planning part of dental implant treatments as something driven by me as a prosthodontist, and in many cases, I perform the surgery as well.

What about complex cases, compromised sites, limited bone situations – what are the benefits of digital implant planning here?

In complex cases, we often see a lack of communication skills by the dental team, not only interdisciplinary, but also in explaining to the patient. While utilizing digital planning tools, everyone quickly shares the same detailed information about the case, and can take action towards the proper treatment alternative. While looking into more advanced surgical protocols, the morbidity quickly becomes an issue, and therefore it is important to visualize every single factor regarding the case. Limited bone situations can sometimes be judged as difficult to treat, whereas the virtual picture in 3D systems may detect bone that can be used, for example, to place shorter dental implants. If an augmentation procedure is needed, pre-planning in guided surgery software generates a higher safety level and not to forget, a way to explain the patient why it is needed.

How do 3D implant planning and a possible digital workflow work in clinical practice?

With the availability and convenience of modern CBCT devices, there are fewer obstacles in using today’s 3D implant planning software. Today, it is a matter of minutes to integrate data between softwares, thus enhancing digital workflows. Both, intraoral- and lab-based scanners can export data regarding the intraoral situation, which can be merged easily with CBCT information.

This sounds pretty simple. When speaking with colleagues, what is your most convincing argument for working with a digital treatment protocol?

For me, a digital protocol guides the entire treatment planning process, which can be shared with both, the patient and between different disciplines. As a clinician, I take better decisions, generate better implant placements guided by the prosthetic goal, and, in the end, better treatment outcomes.

Thank you very much, Dr Dagnelid.

Unlock your digital potential

Meet Dr. Marcus Dagnelid to learn more about the treatment steps of the digital workflow, from dental scanning and planning, drilling and implant placement to Immediate Smile temporary restorations. At the International Osteology Symposium in Monaco, April 21–23, 2016, he will present the workshop “Plan for treatment success – unlock your digital potential”. OsseoSpeed Profile EV implants will be demonstrated and used during the practical training. Read more

All you need for delivering restorative-driven implant placement

For predictable implant treatment, SIMPLANT is available, a comprehensive 3D system that is compatible with most implant systems, all DICOM-compatible (CB)CT scanners, and major optical and intraoral scanners.

For detailed information, please download the SIMPLANT concept brochure.

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