Successful outcomes start with successful inputs. Meaning, the right tools, resources and technology to provide the very best clinical opportunity. That’s why I am a strong believer in Carestream Dental and its array of innovative imaging technology.
As a case in point, we recently had a 35-year-old patient who presented at the office with a missing maxillary lateral incisor. The visual examination revealed that there was limited space for restoration, plus the patient had a suprainclusion.
So we began with a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan to validate the bone volume. We then planned the implant in the CS 3D Imaging Software from Carestream Dental, using a virtual tooth to determine if the prosthetic emergence would be compatible with the underlying bone volume. Once the feasibility of the treatment was validated, we acquired digital impressions using the CS 3600, Carestream Dental’s intraoral scanner. The impression file was immediately sent to the dental laboratory to create a wax-up, which was then used to generate a second digital model. This file was then merged with the patient’s CBCT scan – using NobelClinician™ software – to complete implant planning and create and order a surgical guide.
The surgery was performed using a pilot drill guide to position the axis of implants and was then completed free-hand.