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J Indian Soc Periodontol. 2015 Jan-Feb;19(1):5-10. doi: 10.4103/0972-124X.145781.

Computerized implant-dentistry: Advances toward automation.

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1
Department of Periodontics, Surendera Dental College and Research Institute, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India.
2
Department of Periodontics, Sarjug Dental College and Hospital, Darbhanga, Bihar, India.
3
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.
4
Department of Periodontics, UP Rural Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Safai, Etawah Lucknow, India.

Abstract

Advancements in the field of implantology such as three-dimensional imaging, implant-planning software, computer-aided-design/computer-aided-manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology, computer-guided, and navigated implant surgery have led to the computerization of implant-dentistry. This three-dimensional computer-generated implant-planning and surgery has not only enabled accurate preoperative evaluation of the anatomic limitations but has also facilitated preoperative planning of implant positions along with virtual implant placement and subsequently transferring the virtual treatment plans onto the surgical phase via static (guided) or dynamic (navigated) systems aided by CAD/CAM technology. Computerized-implant-dentistry being highly predictable and minimally invasive in nature has also allowed implant placement in patients with medical comorbidities (e.g. radiation therapy, blood dyscrasias), in patients with complex problems following a significant alteration of the bony anatomy as a result of benign or malignant pathology of the jaws or trauma and in patients with other physical and emotional problems. With significant achievements accomplished in the field of computerized implant-dentistry, attempts are now been made toward complete automation of implant-dentistry.

KEYWORDS:

Computer-aided-design/computer-aided-manufacturing; computer-guided; computer-navigated; imaging; implant; robotic; software

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