With the course of time, dental laboratory underwent great changes, and today, it is a high-tech factory for aesthetic functional dental prostheses of varying complexity and modifications. The success and speed of implant prosthodontics depends on how the entire team of specialists (orthopaedist, dental technician and surgeon) work harmoniously and quickly. When creation of guides (X-ray and surgical guides), implantation and prosthetics are all incorporated under a single project, the whole process takes less time. In the end, you get a result that satisfies everyone!
What opportunities does Implant-Assistant offer?
The software package Implant-Assistant enables a doctor to create a project that stores all the information about a patient in a single format. This is a very convenient tool for both an implantologist and a dental technician. The three main modules of this software package can cope with specific issues and challenges of each implantation stage.
1. Implant-Assistant processes images obtained by computed tomography (CT scans) and transforms them into a single format, no matter in what CT scanner the images were made. The program can create three-dimensional models of the jaws, an X-ray guide and other objects useful for planning an operation. Any object can be prototyped in a 3D printer.
2. Implant-Assistant is a vital tool for a surgeon (implantologist), used to thoroughly plan an implantation procedure. This module can be used to perform a virtual operation: to install implants (taking into account the wishes of the orthopaedist and dental technician), select the best prosthetics option, etc. Any specialist from the team can review the project and make adjustments. Although the surgeon takes the final decision on implant installation, he relies on the plan created at the dental laboratory when carrying out operation.
3. Implant-Guide creates a three-dimensional model Implant-Guide (a surgical or implantological guide), which is then prototyped and used during implantation. Planning operations in Implant-Assistant enables to prepare a temporary dental prosthesis before implant procedure, thereby giving a more aesthetic result at the final stage.
What does the dental laboratory eventually get?
Planning an operation begins at the dental laboratory after the patient's impression with the upper and lower jaw and the bite registration have been received from the orthopedic surgeon. Afterwards, the laboratory starts preparing a radiopaque guide (X-ray), which displays the correct arrangement of the future teeth. All these are easily achieved in the Implant-Assistant program, where each professional is involved in the planning and final approval of the project. Most importantly, after installing implants, the laboratory receives an order to create a permanent dental prosthesis, and the whole process of its creation becomes faster and easier because:
• the implants were installed in accordance with that teeth arrangement, which was pre-determined;
• an operation conducted using Implant-Guide is less likely to cause a trauma, and therefore, prosthetics starts much faster. With the Implant-Assistant program, a dental laboratory can perform high-quality work of any complexity.
Prototyping of various objects on a 3D printer It was mentioned above that any object whose 3D model is designed in the Implant-Assistant program, can be made on a 3D printer. Such objects are the jaw, guides (X-ray and surgical guides), etc. At the Center of Dental Implantology, we use Objet printers. Objet Company is the world leader in prototyping. Guides are grown through layer-by-layer application of photopolymer on the base. Immediately after application, each layer is hardened using an ultraviolet light. The undeniable advantage is that the object is prepared within a few hours and with a pinpoint accuracy. You can buy the Implant-Assistant software package and Objet 3D printer from our Center. Right now, you can:
- get expert advice;
- download Implant-Assistant;
- buy Implant-Guide.