Digital Workflow Improves Implant Predictability

Dentistry Today


Carestream Dental’s CS Solutions for Implants is designed to support more confident diagnoses, improved treatment planning, better patient referrals and communication, and greater confidence in placing implants.

“CBCT volumes and digital impressions give doctors a 360-degree view of the bone and soft-tissue solution in studding 3-D for better diagnostics,” said Ed Shellard, DMD, vice president of sales and marketing at Carestream Digital.

“However, that’s just the first step. This new solution takes treatment planning to the next level by combining state-of-the-art 3-D technologies with the practice of prosthetic-driven implant planning,” Shellard said.

Prosthetically driven implant planning starts by combining the data sets from a digital impression taken by Carestream’s CS 3500 or CS 3600 intraoral scanner and a CBCT scan by the company’s CS 8100 3D extraoral imaging system or CS 9300 system. Both scans are automatically aligned in Carestream’s CS 3D Imaging software to create a virtual setup with little to know manipulation from the doctor.

Next, the Prosthetic-Driven Implant Planning module of CS 3D Imaging lets doctors virtually plan the crown and implant on the same screen to ensure the implant is positioned according to the ideal feature restoration and not the other way around.

Doctors add the crown to the combined scanner/CBCT datasets and place the implant from a library featuring more than 60 manufacturers. They also can create their own implants and manage their own library.

“The prosthetic-driven planning function of CS 3D Imaging software helps doctors make better decisions about optimal crown and implant position, which leads to more control over the final clinical and aesthetic outcomes,” said Marianne Belcari, global product line manager of CS Solutions. “Not to mention, since the restoration and implant are visualized within the same software, it makes for more efficient planning.”  

CS Solutions for Implants is an open system, so data also can be exported into third-party software that will be available in early 2017 for the creation of surgical guides. Additionally, digital impression files can be shared with the lab of choice for the creation of abutments and restorations.

“From 3-D scans to the finished surgical guide, CS Solutions for Implants is a fully integrated and digital solution for implant treatment,” Shellard said. “The digital workflow improves efficiency by eliminating many treatment steps and appointments and improving collaborative planning. Not only that, the accuracy of digital leads to more predictable results.”

The CS 3500 and CS 3600 intraoral scanners are designed to make creating digital impressions easy. The ADA has recognized the CS 3500 for its accuracy, according to Carestream, while the CS 3600 features high-speed continuous scanning and the Intelligent Matching System, which enables users to fill in any missing information in the dataset.

The CS 8100 features 3-D imaging, panoramic imaging, and model scanning. It also boasts the smallest footprint of any 3-D system, the company reports. The CS 9300 can provide 3-D exams at up to 85% lower dose than traditional 2-D panoramic imaging while in Low Dose mode, Carestream adds. Both units offer multiple fields of views to support a variety of clinical applications.

Furthermore, CS 3D Imaging software is designed to allow users to easily review CBCT images and share with referrals and to plan implants. With its latest version, users also can generate implant reports in a single click. All 3-D data from Carestream Dental’s CBCT units and intraoral scanners are stored centrally in single imaging software to facilitate data management.

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