DR. STEWART HARDING

BDS, MSc (Implant); Professor in Implantology – Maktoum Bin Hamdan Dental University College, Dubai

Computer Guided Implantology from Virtuallity to Reality

This lecture expands on the theme of avoiding implant complications and will teach Implantology from an entirely digital prospective rather than a conventional analogue approach. Computer Guided Implantology means that even the novice can safely and predictably place implants. In the same way that clear aligner orthodontics makes it possible for GPs to benefit from expert preplanning and predictability, implants can be inserted and planned in much the same way. The presentation will explain how data derived from CBCT and Scanners can be manipulated and combined to allow you to not only assess the case but also plan it from ideal implant size selection and 3D positioning to actual guiding to placing the implant. Many of the early complications encountered in the selection, planning and placement of implants can be avoided by the application of this technology and in the future not to have digitally planned a case will be negligent and substandard treatment.

Implant Complication Painful Reality

Following the early excitement of the first twenty years of dental Implantology and as this now mainstream dental treatment approaches its 40th year the profession is having to manage the short term and long term complications. The practice of Implantology is one of the most challenging and complex fields of dentistry as it entails Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics and Periodontology each speciality having its unique set of complications which need to be identified and effectively managed. These challenges can range from irreversible surgical trauma to vital structures and potentially life treating haemorrhage to unrestorable implants and unacceptable aesthetics in the short term. Once integration has been successfully achieved it is very easy to overlook the challenge of peri-implant disease and long term maintained insure unique to the implant supported restoration.

The aim of this lecture is to highlight these complications and make suggestions on how they may be best avoided and risks minimised. Realistically it is not possible to prevent all complications so management strategies will also be presented. This is the first lecture the second in the series “Computer Guided Implantology from Virtuality to Reality seeks  to explain how digitally planed treatment planning can help reduce the number of potential surgical and restorative complications.