Implant Guide Software Module Completes Digital Workflow

Dentistry Today


Planmeca’s Romexis now includes all the required steps for a fully digital implant workflow, according to the company. All steps can be controlled and completed in the all-in-one Romexis software, from planning to manufacture.

The workflow has been completed with a new tool, the Planmeca Romexis Implant Guide module for designing surgical guides. Planmeca says that it elevates implant planning to another level as virtual plans now can be brought to reality accurately.

“The Planmeca Romexis Implant Guide module allows flexible design and cost-effective use of surgical guides,” said Helianna Puhlin-Nurminen, vice president of Planmeca’s digital imaging and applications division. “Users can create guides with a few simple steps, and the open-format STL file for the design can then be printed with a 3-D printer such as the new Planmeca Creo.”

The fully digital implant workflow in Planmeca Romexis consists of the following:

  • Smile analysis and patient motivation in the Planmeca Romexis Smile Design module;
  • CBCT imaging with Planmeca ProMax 3D x-ray units;
  • Matching CBCT images with any surface model of the teeth in the Planmeca Romexis 3D module;
  • Virtual crown design in the integrated Planmeca PlanCAD Easy software;
  • Prosthetic-driven implant planning in the Planmeca Romexis 3D Implant Planning module;
  • Implant guide design in the Planmeca Romexis Implant Guide module;
  • 3-D printing of guides with the Planmeca Creo 3-D printer.

“As a truly open system, Planmeca Romexis allows all standard format images to be imported to the software for creating a virtual patient—a combination of different types of 3-D images,” said Puhlin-Nurminen. “If necessary, completed guide designs can also be exported in the STL file format. This allows users to always flexibly select their preferred workflows and tasks.”

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