The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry has revealed that there is a special computer program through which traces a specific place in the mouth where dental implant has to be placed.
According to Dr. Joseph Califano, program director of periodontics and oral surgery, in the Traditional way of surgeries, the spot decision of placement of implants do not give the complete picture of the bone and the part where an incision is made to locate the bone. The traditional manner is often less than optimal, Califano said, because it involves on-the-spot decision-making during the procedure.
A special software “SimPlant Planner”, shows the review of the denture or the oral part on 3-D computed tomography scan, which also displays the perfect anatomical part of the scanned region.
He said – “We can place implants virtually on a trial basis,” “This allows us to review many options and develop an ideal surgical plan that fully supports the prosthetic plan we developed. We can eliminate most of the unknowns, which facilitates both patient consultation and the educational process, since the treatment decisions are made preoperatively.”
Normally X-rays are used to locate the region by the periodontists but these techniques always have a few limitations which do not give perfection to the procedure. These X-rays are not as accurate as CT Scans. After the CT Scans are done, there is a special plan made with better formulation, and a drill guide is constructed that allows the surgeons to precisely place the implants in the patient’s mouth.
This type of program is helpful both to the patients and also the dental students to make better decisions in the field of operation.