Systematic Approach to Planning and Placing Implants for Maximum Prosthetic Outcome Based on CBCT Data and 3D Planning Software


Dr. Peter Wöhrle

Recent advances in digital applications for implant dentistry have focused on the integration of the diagnostic phase, surgical implant placement, and prosthetic reconstruction. Three-dimensional (DICOM) data is collected prior to treatment initiation that can be useful throughout the course of treatment by fusing digital data capture of the intra-oral situation and the patient’s anatomic structure.  By doing this, crucial information is available to formulate a treatment plan that is based on achieving a predetermined prosthetics outcome. Subsequent planning can be executed without the need for additional CBCT scanning.  This approach is beneficial not only for traditional sequencing of treatment but also for immediate function. Digital implant planning and placement is here to stay as it can deliver more efficient care with consistently better outcomes, especially in the partially edentulous patient.  Placing an implant that is “restorable” is no longer the aspiration. With today’s technology one can do better. Properly executed guided surgery combined with proper treatment planning can elevate the level of excellence while increasing efficiency and patient safety.


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how digital data acquisition and planning can help envision the potential outcome as well as limits of any proposed treatment
  • Understand the collection and interpretation of the necessary data sets
  • Understand the various entry and exit points of the digital workflow based on preference and availability of digital equipment
  • Apply a materials selection algorithm to select the most appropriate dental materials for the various indications