When placing or restoring implants, general practitioners (GPs) want to give their patients the best, most predictable results possible—which is why many are turning to a digital implant workflow.
From the initial scan to the actual surgery, the digital workflow is improving every step of implant placement and restoration. OsteoReady, an implant company that focuses on the general practitioner, is also embracing the many benefits digital provides. The implant system is now compatible with 3Shape Implant Studio, a surgical planning software dentists and labs can use for prosthetic driven implant planning and surgical guide design. OsteoReady also plans to work with other similar companies in the future.
To help prepare their customers to take full advantage of the digital workflow, OsteoReady has asked Marotta Dental Studio, a full service laboratory based in Farmingdale, NY, to hold hands-on courses and lectures for dentists ready to incorporate digital solutions. The lab also serves as a liaison for dentists and labs who have questions or who experience technical problems, said Joshua Marotta, CDT, MDT.
The team at Marotta Dental Studio first began using digital solutions about 25 years ago, Marotta said, and in that time they’ve seen the technology evolve into something that makes implant planning much more effective and predictable. Today, there are a variety of workflows that incorporate both traditional and digital methods, multiple materials that can be used and solutions that make it possible to create custom abutments and restorations. Marotta describes the opportunities as limitless.
“Digital, in a sense, is the wave of the future,” said Justin Hayes, who is the Operations Director at Marotta Dental Studio. “It has grown exponentially in the last few years. When I first started working in the lab eight years ago, we had one scanner. Now we have seven scanners, our own mills and printers. It’s the way everything is headed, so it’s important for implant companies like OsteoReady to have that workflow and that foundation in place.”
The benefits of digital
Using a digital workflow that includes CBCT technology, general practitioners can plan the implant placement, create the surgical guide and plan for the restoration. Clinicians no longer have to guess where the implant will go. They know precisely where the nerves are, how thick the bone is, the angulation of adjacent roots, and other important patient-specific details that could affect outcomes, Hayes said. The digital workflow also makes it possible to plan restoratively with virtual teeth so dentists and labs know exactly how to restore the case and plan the implant.
“The days of flapping tissue are becoming antiquated,” Marotta said. “You don’t have to do that on every patient anymore. Now we have the ability to plan a case and know what kind of surgery we’re doing before we do it. It’s like writing our own roadmap before taking the trip.”
Not only does the digital workflow provide dentists and labs with more information that leads to better planning and outcomes, it’s also plug and play, Hayes said. It’s easy to use, streamlining the process and making everyone involved more efficient.
“It’s cost effective, it’s predictable and it gets rid of human error,” Hayes said. “With the power of digital technology, we know ahead of time what’s going to happen. You know everything up front and you can quote a price that won’t change. You don’t have to worry about over promising and under delivering.”
The benefits of OsteoReady in the digital workflow
OsteoReady is an affordable, easy-to-use system that comes with just one prosthetic platform, cutting down on the inventory clinicians need for implant cases. OsteoReady’s MultiDrill Procedure requires fewer drills to prepare an implant site, offering a simplified approach that makes the process more efficient, while still giving clinicians various restorative options.
Marotta and Hayes like the OsteoReady implant system because it’s straight to the point; it has everything clinicians need and nothing they don’t.
“The OsteoReady system has a good price point and it’s predictable,” Marotta said. “It’s not reinventing the wheel. It’s an inclusive system that has the pieces you need to move forward with no extra bulk.”
The general practitioner focused company also offers clinicians the support they need to successfully incorporate implants and the digital workflow into their practice, Hayes said. From courses like the ones Marotta Dental Studio is involved with to individual mentoring, the team at OsteoReady does what they can to help their customers succeed with implant dentistry.
“OsteoReady is there to support you,” Hayes said. “The company is large enough to supply dentists with what they need but small enough to offer hands-on support and to be responsive to changes in the industry. They can get you whatever you need.”