Science Friday: New Dental Imaging Software Helps with Dental Implant Treatment

Science Friday: New Dental Imaging Software Helps with Dental Implant TreatmentImaging Sciences International has announced the release of Tx STUDIO software for advanced 3D dental implant treatment and more.

This powerful software integration now creates the opportunity for general dentists and specialists alike to take advantage of i-CAT’s award-winning 3D imaging with comprehensive treatment planning tools for dental implants, airway, TMD, orthodontics, and a myriad of surgical procedures.

It is the only software to be bundled with a CBCT system that does everything from diagnostics to implant and orthodontic treatment planning, according to the iCat website.

Designed by clinicians for clinicians, Tx STUDIO delivers uniquely comprehensive tools covering treatments from implants to orthodontics. With its wide selection of treatment-planning features, Tx STUDIO is an excellent addition to i-CAT cone beam 3D systems which are known for their unparalleled clinical and dose control, as well as the industry’s fastest workflow.

With Tx STUDIO, implant, abutment, and restoration planning is simple, fast, and precise. The new abutment and restoration design feature allows dentists to plan an entire treatment, from the surgical placement of the implant and the abutment to the final restoration at the onset of planning.

Featuring an expanded implant library, single or multiple dental implants can be quickly placed in the 3D rendering or onto the panoramic layout. Scans are compatible with all major surgical guide systems; surgical guides from Anatomage can be conveniently ordered directly through the Tx STUDIO software.

For orthodontics, in addition to the included anchor pin library for virtual TAD placement, Tx STUDIO provides an optional 3D Cephalometric Analysis package which allows for the creation of ceph tracings with greater accuracy and in less time than traditional 2D ceph tracings. Also included in this package is the new face-MATCH photo-wrapping feature that allows easy and immediate wrapping of a facial photo taken with a standard digital camera onto the 3D volume.

Other optional services through this powerful software include AnatoModel which can provide virtual study models in occlusion that contain the full dentition— crowns, roots, and bone, and tools to predict soft tissue changes derived from orthodontic or surgical treatments.

Built into Tx STUDIO is a powerful application for airway analysis that allows for instant measurement of total airway volume, localization and area measurements of maximum constriction, and automatic color-coded constriction values of the airway volume.

The airway analysis tools benefit general dentists and specialists who treat sleep apnea or other airway disorders through dental procedures ranging from orthodontics to surgery to splints.2 TMJ visualization tools that allow for superimposition of changes to the TMJ complex over time are included in Tx STUDIO.

Through superimposition, changes in condylar position can be tracked over the course of a treatment to ensure treatment plans are having the desired effect.

The Diagnostic Reports Tool option allows for fast and efficient communication between health care providers. This new tool is optimized for power and speed, and is based on easy-tocreate templates that can be customized for the office. Knowing that clinicians seek ways to present dental plans to their patients, Tx STUDIO offers full 3D visualization.

Dental patients gain understanding of their anatomy, conditions, and treatment options as these come to life using 3D renderings. The software even allows video capture to further enhance patient education even after the appointment is over. Also, advanced annotation capabilities, such as custom labeling and layout displays, provide excellent tools for a dental implant patient and doctor communication.

To read more about iCat and Tx STUDIO 3D planning software see the company’s full press release (pdf).

Science Friday: New Denture Ceramic for Dentistry

Science Friday: New Denture Ceramic for DentistryStronger, prettier dentures? New ceramic materials for dental bridges?

Chemists in Germany believe they have made a breakthrough in creating a better ceramic.

Glass chemist Prof. Dr. Christian Rüssel of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) and his colleagues of the Otto-Schott-Institute for Glass Chemistry were successful in producing a new nanocrystalline glass ceramic, which may be suitable for use in dentistry due to their strength and optical characteristics.

Science Daily News is reporting that the glass chemists of Jena University have recently published their ceramic research results in the online-edition of the science magazine Journal of Biomedical Materials Research.

Prof. Rüssel told SDN,”We achieve a strength five times higher than with comparable denture ceramics available today. In combination with new optical characteristics an additional field of application is opening up for these materials in dentistry. The enamel is partly translucent, which the ceramic is also supposed to be.”

The fundamental materials are melted at approximately 1.500 °C, then cooled before being finely cut up. The material is then melted and cooled a second time. Finally, the nanocrystals are produced by controlled heating to about 1,000 °C, which determines the crystallisation crucial for the strength of the product.

According to Rüssel, the ceramic ends up looking translucent, like a natural tooth.

This is good news for dentistsdenture patients and those seeking dental implants who want the look and strength of regular teeth.

Read more: Nanocrystals Make Dentures Shine


General Dentistry & The Dental Implant Dentist

The dental implant dentistToday’s dental implant dentist isn’t necessarily a specialists. In fact, this survey found that 99% of general dentists restore dental implants, and 55% place the implants themselves in straightforward dental implant surgery cases.

“They were invented by GPs like us,” said one general dentist. “More dentists should be placing them. Specialists should not be arrogantly taking control.”

We also found that 30% place implants, even in difficult cases, and 33% offer immediate load dental implants. When it comes to mini dental implants/denture implants, 61% restore them, and 45% place them.

Here are some comments from dental implant dentists:

  • “Implants need to be the dentist’s deal….. Do not rely on the oral surgeon or periodontist for anything but placement.” (Connecticut dentist)
  • “I feel placement of dental implants is best left to board certified oral surgeons because I have seen a very high failure rate with the implants placed by dentists.” (Alabama dentist)
  • Mini dental implants do not have long-term clinical evidence to support widespread use under dentures as a definitive restoration.” (California prosthodontist)
  • “Significant slowdown of dental implants in this economy.” (Minnesota dentist)

Read more: Dental Implant Dentists: Who’s Doing Implant Dentistry

Half of General Dentists Placing Dental Implants

Implant Dentistry Is Becoming More and More Popular

In this poll, we finally asked a question many of you have requested we cover in one of our surveys: Do you place your own dental implants?

The general dentists in our poll were split on the issue. Fifty-three percent of the general dentists in our poll responded, “Yes, I place my own implants.” The remaining 47% replied, “No, I refer patients to a specialist.”

Not surprisingly, specialists had a very different profile than general dentists. Four out of five specialists in our poll place dental implants. Those who do not place implants are endodontists, prosthodontists, and pediatric dentists.

Here are some of our dentists’ comments:


  • “Every general dentist who can extract a tooth can do most implant surgeries. I feel that Oral Surgeons really do not want you to know how easy it is. All dentists owe it to themselves and to their patients.”
  • “I have neither the experience nor the knowledge of anatomy that would allow me to feel comfortable placing implants.”
  • “I pick and choose. Those patients who need a more complex treatment are referred to our in-house oral surgeon or periodontists.”
  • “I’m taking a course in implantology, so soon I will offer them myself.”
  • “I use mini-implants in office where and when I’m able. I refer out traditional implants.”
  • “Like they say: if you try to be a jack of all trades, you will be a master of none. I am fortunate to have one of the best implant specialists in the entire country in my backyard. I never have to worry about improper or sloppy placement like I get from other ‘professionals.'”
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