Digital Dentistry

One of the most common treatments in periodontics is the placement of a dental implant. In recent years, in order to improve the treatment’s degree of precision and safety, the dental world has been merging with the digital world. By means of computerized axial tomography (CT scan), dentists now has at their disposal a tool which, in a manner similar to Waze or GPS, allows them to place an implant in the ideal location with a high level of safety, shortened treatment time, and optimal esthetic results.

A CT scan requires making a virtual reproduction of the oral cavity, including the hard tissues (bone and teeth) and the soft tissues (gums, blood vessels and nerves). After making a digital scan and a CT imaging of the jaw, specialized software synchronizes and integrates the images. The end result is a 3- dimensional digital model of the jaw (Fig.1).

We can then plan the location of the implants in the mouth using the same software.

The software enables us to place the implants in their ideal locations without causing damage to nerves, blood vessels, sinuses or adjacent teeth. The software also allows us to choose the angulation, length, width and type of implants. It is possible to plan the temporary crown or bridge so that the patient will receive esthetic and well-fitting temporary restorations on the same day of the surgery (Fig.2).

After construction of the ideal model, a surgical template is produced in the lab according to the model that serves as a guide for placement of the implant, which can then be performed with ease and under optimal conditions (Fig.3).

Following implant placement, the restorative dentist attaches the crowns (which were also produced in the lab) to the implants simply and precisely.

Another technique is the Robodent device which is unique to our clinic.

The Robodent is comprised of a computer and software which enable 3-dimensional imaging of the jaws, creation of a template for placement of the implants, and in particular, orientation in real time during the course of the surgery. This device functions similarly to GPS. Sensors mounted on the doctor’s handpiece receive information from an optical camera that is in communication with the software, thus allowing the dentist to accurately follow the template that was prepared in advance.

Due to results which are precise, esthetically pleasing, safe, and satisfying to both patient and dentist, CT scanning and digital treatment are seen as the future of dentistry. This treatment is tied to a personalized medical approach of: Safe, Secure & Simple, Personalized Medicine.