DDS, PhD, Spain; Chairman of Department of the Implant Dentistry – European University of Madrid; Adjunct Professor – Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, New York University College of Dentistry

Digital Implant Dentistry: Indications & Limitations

Digital implant dentistry is something that all clinicians have on mind, but most of them still believe it is something with so many limitations that they are not convince to use it. Restoring patients with implant is one of the most challenging area in dentistry, especially in the anterior area. The applications of various technological advances in implant dentistry and in all aspects of the diagnostic, treatment planning, surgical, and restorative phases are gaining popularity. Computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology are used to generate stereolithographic surgical guides and prefabricated interim prostheses to facilitate implant surgery but there are still some clinical questions in terms of where are the limitations and possibilities for the clinician, in the use of intra- oral scanner, especially when treating full arch cases.

This type of digital devices nowadays can reduce the number of surgeries, giving better prognosis, resulting in shorter treatment times, thus better patient satisfaction. Due to advances in technology (diagnostic tools and imaging) but also our understanding of biological mechanisms, the enormous amount of researches in the field of aesthetic implant dentistry, as well as the advances in the diagnostic tools, has led to a completely different era regarding dental extraction and replacement of missing tooth. Implant dentistry will always be benefit by a team work approach, creating a great communication between all the participants of the different areas in dentistry. During the presentation, different clinical scenarios and an evidence based update in digital implant dentistry will be covered, with the indications and contraindications; as well as the different steps in the clinical surgical and prosthetic procedures.