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Utilizing Digital Dentistry and CAD/CAM Prosthetics to Optimize Treatment Outcomes – Part 2: Implant Planning, Placement and Immediate Provisionalization

Utilizing Digital Dentistry and CAD/CAM Prosthetics to Optimize Treatment Outcomes Part 2
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Perry E. Jones, DDS, MAGD

Digital treatment planning, guided surgery and CAD/CAM-produced provisional restorations are foremost among the tools helping clinicians practice restorative-driven implant dentistry. Digital models of the patient’s mouth allow doctors to visualize the prosthetic outcome and virtually place the implants in the position needed to support the ideal restoration. Surgical guides allow for precise control of implant placement, and a prefabricated provisional restoration can be used to fine-tune the prosthetic design and train the soft tissue in preparation for the final restoration. In this multimedia presentation, Dr. Perry Jones illustrates how digital tools and CAD/CAM prosthetics can be utilized to achieve a predictable, esthetic outcome. Topics include:

  • The use of CBCT scanning and digital impression systems in implant therapy
  • Development and execution of digital treatment plans
  • Fabrication and use of surgical guides
  • Digital design of immediate provisional restorations
  • Managing soft-tissue esthetics in the smile zone
  • Drilling protocol for guided surgery cases
  • Split-thickness grafts and soft-tissue augmentation
  • Design and delivery of screw-retained implant bridges


Advancements in digital dentistry and CAD/CAM restorations have simplified prosthetically driven treatment planning. Using the precise diagnostic data provided by CBCT and intraoral scanning, practitioners can formulate the precise digital treatment plan needed to achieve the desired restoration. Implants can be virtually placed in advance of surgery, and surgical guides can be used to maintain the exact implant positioning required by the virtual treatment plan. By using these tools, clinicians can achieve a functional, esthetic result in the most challenging of cases.

CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials that are presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.


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