Nov/Dec 2014
Volume 35, Issue 10

SIMPLANT® Computer-Guided Implant Treatment Software: Unlocking Digital Potential

When considering a digital treatment platform for a cutting-edge dental practice, three essential benefits come to mind with DENTSPLY Implants’ SIMPLANT® treatment planning solution: connectivity, precision, and efficiency. SIMPLANT is a comprehensive 3-D system for accurate and predictable implant treatment—from diagnostics to treatment planning, surgery to the final restoration.

SIMPLANT’s open platform solution is compatible with computed tomography (CT) and cone-beam CT (CBCT) scanners as well as intraoral scanners. With its extensive implant and abutment library, consisting of over 10,000 implants from more than 100 implant manufacturers, SIMPLANT effortlessly connects to the existing systems in which clinicians have already invested.

SIMPLANT’s restorative-driven implant treatment protocols allow for optimized postsurgical results with the inclusion of the proposed or final prosthesis within the planning file. The Optical Scan and Dual Scan procedures overlay the bone data from the CBCT scan together with the prosthetic information, enabling predictable, immediate provisionalization with SIMPLANT’s Immediate Smile concept.

“Accurate diagnostic models are scanned and merged with the CBCT data to enable accuracy and ease of clinical procedures from design to delivery,” says Barry Franzen, DDS, a prosthodontist at Milwaukee Dental Implants. “SIMPLANT, featuring ATLANTIS™ patient-specific abutments, can take that digital data and provide clinicians the ability to place fully guided implants and have a custom final abutment with a milled provisional waiting in the patient’s case pan even before the patient’s surgery.”

The SIMPLANT digital plan seamless­ly translates to the operatory through the surgical accuracy and precision of the SIMPLANT Guide. With a variety of guided surfaces and system options available, there is a SIMPLANT Guide solution to accommodate virtually every clinical scenario. Gary Brousell, DDS, of Atlantic Oral Surgery in New Jersey, incorporates the efficiency of SIMPLANT into his practice. “The precision with which implants can now be placed with SIMPLANT Guides is something we dreamed about before CBCT. Accurately planning implant placement is one thing; translating the digital plan to the operative theater with absolute accuracy is quite another,” he says. “As a SIMPLANT Pro user, I’ve performed numerous verification studies to determine that actual implant placement corresponded accurately to the presurgical plan.”

SIMPLANT has been at the forefront of digital innovation for all aspects of guided implant therapy, significantly reducing the inefficiencies surrounding traditional implant treatment. “SIMPLANT takes the guesswork out of surgical and prosthetic planning and treatment. By first virtually planning treatment, the surgery time is significantly reduced while precision is enhanced. SIMPLANT enables minimally invasive approaches that improve the patient experience with less postoperative discomfort and inflammation,” says David Guichet, DDS, who owns a fully digital practice in Orange County, California.

SIMPLANT allows clinicians to run an efficient practice by reducing chairtime for both simple and complex implant cases. Its streamlined digital workflow gives clinicians the ability to access the patient’s anatomy to identify vital structures, simulate grafts, place realistic implants and abutments, and analyze bone density to provide the best possible treatment plan that relates to the proposed restoration. “I have used SIMPLANT on a daily basis for more than 10 years,” says Gary T. Jones, DMD, of Sandhills Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Fayetteville, North Carolina. “It is my primary resource for implant patient treatment planning and education, which has dramatically improved treatment acceptance. The virtual surgery capabilities have removed any unknowns at the time of surgery.”

DENTSPLY Implants is committed to investing in digital innovation to offer the most comprehensive solutions for all phases of implant dentistry.

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