The most accurate way of placing dental implants in the mouth, utilises the exciting, modern technology of 3-dimensional planning and printing.
The below case was performed by Dr. Rumit Desai.
This patient presented with a missing lower right molar. After discussing the benefits and risks of all the options, it was agreed that a single dental would be placed.
Moulds and a 3D x-ray (a CBCT scan) were taken in order to plan the optimal position of the dental implant. Using advanced software, scans of the a) moulds and b) 3D X-ray were combined and a ‘virtual’ implant was placed in the correct position (fig.1a and 1b)
After confirming that the ‘virtual’ implant was in the optimised position, it was a transferred to a 3D printer and a custom drill guide was constructed (fig.2)
Using the drill guide, a dental implant was placed in the correct position within the mouth (Fig.3). Fig.4 shows the final crown in situ.