Integral to implant success – Cheryl Hayes Carestream Dental

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  Posted by: Dental Design      5th October 2018

Accurate imaging is integral to successful implant treatment. The objective of imaging is to determine the most effective treatment for the patient. With regards to dental implantology, the images generated help to establish whether the patient can tolerate treatment in the first place. They provide the information needed to select the best location for the implant(s), avoiding vital anatomical structures like nerves and the maxillary sinus. The same images enable practitioners to identify the most appropriate implant position, angle, length and width, too.

Effective imaging also helps to ensure the correct position of the abutment and prosthesis, while playing a role in the monitoring of post-operative healing and on-going maintenance. In fact, there has been a move towards prosthetically-driven implant treatment planning of late, whereby clinicians consider the final prosthesis position and shape first, before planning implant placement accordingly. This ensures sufficient support for the desired prosthesis and allows clinicians to deliver the ideal function and aesthetics for the patient.

In response to the increased demands placed on dental imaging solutions, CBCT machines continue to grow in popularity. Their high accuracy and relatively low radiation dose compared to other imaging methods are believed to have contributed to their rising favour, giving practitioners all the information they need to diagnose and plan implant treatment safely and predictably.

CBCT imaging makes flapless implant surgery more viable, enabling clinicians to utilise less invasive intervention with the potential benefits of shorter treatment time, improved patient comfort and preserved soft tissue profiles. CBCT images are also exported as DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine) files, which facilitate patient identification and can be reliably reported on aid compliance with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations).

Equipment selection
Finding the right equipment for your practice is crucial in order to ensure you have the tools you need to deliver effective implant treatment for your patients. A balance between sophisticated technology and simple user interactions will help enhance diagnostics and treatment planning while still facilitating a simple workflow for the dental team.

Versatility of the equipment should also be considered according to the practice’s most common applications. For example, if you offer a variety of treatments, having the ability to easily switch between panoramic and 3D imaging could be useful.

The CS 8100 3D and CS 8100SC 3D imaging units from Carestream Dental offer such a benefit. With panoramic and 3D capabilities as standard and the option of adding a cephalometric imaging module, these systems provide highly accurate scanning from all angles, with an adaptable design to suit patients when standing and sitting, and a compact casing to fit in any practice.

For any clinicians placing implants, CBCT imaging should be seriously considered in order to make sure you have the tools you need to deliver the very best patient care.

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