Revolutionising Implant Procedures With W&H

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Revolutionising Implant Procedures With W&H

Revolutionising Implant Procedures

It is no overstatement to say that dentistry has advanced significantly since the first implant treatments performed in the 50s and 60s. Implantology in the UK is becoming a widely accepted treatment option by patients, with research continuing to evolve including how professionals think about the procedure and which type of implants they choose.

One of the biggest differences between todays implantology and the procedures of old is the technology used throughout the various stages of implant treatment. From start to finish, technology has changed the experience for professionals and patients alike, streamlining how it’s performed and opening it up as a treatment option for edentulous patients.

A digital diagnosis

Creating an accurate impression of the patient’s oral cavity is an important first step in implantology procedures. Whilst traditional impression materials still work, patients often find them unpleasant, and the risk of distortion and other inaccuracies in the final mould is high, which is where digital options come in.

The accuracy of digital intra-oral scanners far outweighs those of impressions made through traditional methods.[i] This is because even if the first scan has mistakes or missing data another can be taken instantly, without waiting for any materials to set. This increases the patient’s confidence in the process and can hasten the creation of the restoration, with the laboratory sent a digital file instantly.

Modern day scanners include helpful visual aids which make it easy to explain treatments, this assists patient communication and acceptance by highlighting the benefits of proposed treatments.  Scans play an important role in the diagnostic wax-up and these images combined with the patient’s smile, show how the final result may look, allowing patients and the team to alter any details such as tooth size until they are happy with the proposed outcome. 

Planning ahead

Due to the invasive nature of implant surgery, treatment planning is crucial to achieve the best results. Digital planning software has helped professionals approach this stage of treatment. Modern planning software enables professionals to assess many factors that can impact the implant surgery including bone volume, bone density, location of nerves and sinuses and the available restorative space – making the procedure safer for the patient.

New planning tools aid implant specialists in selecting the right tools for each treatment which may include an implant motor, piezo surgery unit or particular surgical handpieces like the Zygoma handpiece from W&H.

SZ-75 20:1 Zygoma Angulated Surgical HandpieceSZ-75 20:1 Zygoma Angulated Surgical Handpiece

SZ-75 20:1 Zygoma Angulated Surgical Handpiece

During surgery

Some pieces of modern technology have become an invaluable helping hand for professionals during implant surgery. Computer-guided surgery, in particular, has been a well-explored choice for professionals.  Piezo surgery units like the Piezomed have made surgical procedures that involve bone removal, block bone grafting and sinus surgery safer and more predictable with patients also reporting less postoperative pain versus traditional methods. 

Computer-guided surgery has been found to reduce the chance of positioning errors when the implants are being placed,[i] and might even help to reduce pain during the healing phase.[ii] 

Other technologies have been created to aid professionals in implant surgery by helping them to achieve optimum implant stability. Implant stability has been identified as a key part of effective osseointegration, making it vital for successful implant treatment.[iii]  With the Osstell Beacon, measurement and evaluation of the implant stability and osseointegration can be monitored non-invasively. 

The Implantmed surgical unit from W&H offers a flexible modular solution having been created to streamline the implant procedure. Featuring an automatic thread cutter function and automatic torque control, Implantmed has the option to integrate a Piezomed module for a complete all-in-one treatment solution.  The ability to measure the stability of implants during placement using the Osstell Beacon is a fast, accurate, non-invasive and simple way based on qualifiable data, without jeopardising osseointegration or the healing process. This helps to ensure that the best possible primary stability is achieved giving excellent outcomes for even the most difficult cases.

Osstell Beacon

Piezomed Classic Module

Implantmed Plus

Embrace the revolution

Although traditional methods are still effective, it makes sense to look toward the future. Technology is continually evolving, but by implementing these advanced systems into the practice, it follows that dentists can provide a quicker, more accurate implant service to patients.