Digital dentistry has revolutionized the way dentists plan and execute dental implant procedures, including immediate implant restoration. Immediate implant restoration refers to the placement of a dental implant and a temporary crown on the same day the tooth is extracted, providing patients with a functional and esthetic replacement immediately. Digital tools, such as 3D CBCT scanners, intraoral scanners, and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) systems, play a vital role in immediate implant restoration. CBCT scans allow dentists to visualize the jawbone’s structure and identify potential challenges before the procedure.
Intraoral scanners create digital impressions of the patient’s teeth, eliminating the need for traditional dental impressions. CAD/CAM systems enable dentists to design and manufacture a custom temporary crown that precisely fits the implant.
Using digital tools also allows for greater precision and accuracy during the implant placement and restoration process, reducing the risk of complications and ensuring optimal outcomes. For example, virtual implant placement software can simulate the implant’s position and angle before the procedure, allowing dentists to plan the surgery accurately.
Overall, digital dentistry has transformed the field of implant dentistry, allowing for more predictable and precise implant placement and restoration, shorter treatment times, and improved patient outcomes.