Dr Igor Ristić, Center For Dental Aesthetics And Implantology:

Digital Technology In The Service Of Dental Treatment

Could you imagine your life without a computer or smart phone? Could you now imagine using the mobile phone you had 10 years ago? Did you know that the highest valued start-up projects today are companies in bioscience and tissue regeneration? Had digitisation also changed dentistry?

Dentistry has experienced unimaginable progress over the past ten years, more than during the preceding fifty. 3D printers, intraoral scanners, 3D analysis, digital treatment planning and computer designed crowns are slowly becoming integral parts of daily dental practise, assuming a leading over classical dental doctrine.

Dealing with the needs of complex and highly demanding patients, whose rehabilitation was previously impossible to implement, is today achieved easily thanks to the significant progress achieved in regeneration processes, in both hard (bone) and soft (mucosal) tissue. Particular progress has also been achieved in planning and carrying out dental treatment using digital technology, which has resulted in a significant advancement in dental implants.

It is well-known that an implant is the best replacement for a missing tooth. The success of a dental implant procedure was previously considered as the implanted false tooth being in the bone, while today a rehabilitation implant is only acceptable if the implant and the surrounding tissue look exactly the same, identical to the natural tooth.

New clinical experience has shown that, by applying innovative technological achievements, an implant can be successfully installed immediately, straight after tooth extraction. Moreover, an implant embedded in such a way can also immediately take a temporary crown – to be replaced later with a definitive one. In this way, the functional and aesthetic harmony of the mouth and, the social components of the patient, are not impaired at any time.

Thanks to digital technology, it is today possible to plan in virtual the precise desired position of a crown, and thus the position of the implant, then to use a 3D-printer to make components for surgical guidance, which enable us to fit the implant in a predefined place

When it comes to the rehabilitation of patients who lack multiple teeth, as well as those with no teeth at all, it is crucial to be highly precise when placing implants, both in relation to the surrounding anatomical structures, as well as in relation to the definitive prosthetic added. This is called prosthetic guided implantology.

Thanks to digital technology, it is today possible to plan in virtual the precise desired position of a crown, and thus the position of the implant, then to use a 3Dprinter to make components for surgical guidance, which enable us to fit the implant in a predefined place. This enables us not only to achieve reliable, predictable and safe tissue rehabilitation, but also superior aesthetic results.

*The noted dental procedures can be performed as described at the Center for Dental Aesthetics and Implantology in Belgrade