Advancing image-guided implant dentistry with new technical innovations
This new image guided implant (IGI) system extends the use of CBCT scanners to include intra-surgical navigation and has real-time, speed of light, tracking with absolutely no on-screen lag. It also has sub-millimetre accuracy and a robotic auto-stop for maximum safety where the drill motor stops automatically and instantly turns off the drill if it is placed outside of the planned surgical area.
“Our new system seamlessly integrates the advantages of freehand surgery, including unfettered vision of the surgical site, retention of the surgeon’s tactile feel and the application of intra-surgical clinical judgment,” explained Lawrence Obstfeld, CEO of Image Navigation.
The last few years have seen new opportunities open up in dentistry with significant growth in the dental implant market combined with technological improvements and cost reductions.
It is estimated that more than eight million dental implants were placed in patients across the world in 2018, with more than three million in the United States alone. This USA figure is expected to increase by 33 per cent to four million by 2022 and the growth rate in other areas, especially in Asia Pacific, is expected to be even faster. In the UK, there were an estimated 260,000 implants in 2018 which is double the number five years ago.
Recent data also indicates dramatic shifts in the usage of technology for the placement of dental implants. In the USA alone, the market for dental CT scanners (CBCT Cone Beam scanners) has increased by over 300 per cent from approximately 8,000 in 2012 to over 28,000 in 2018 and is forecast to be more than 40,000 by 2022.
When using the IGI system, the dental surgeon views the tip of the drill and the pre-operative plan both superimposed onto a three-dimensional CT scan that displays the bone, adjacent teeth, nerve canal, roots and sinus area. The IGI’s on-screen display has a unique fluent tracking system with zero latency. It adds real-time navigated digital surgery to digital imaging, digital planning, and digital restorations, thereby completing the digital puzzle.
“The surgeon is able to monitor the drilling path on-screen and make precise adjustments to ensure the most accurate dental implant placement during surgery,” concluded Lawrence Obstfeld.
Data shows that more general dentists across the world are using the new, more affordable, technology which minimises post-operative complications, reduces surgical treatment time and ensures greater accuracy when placing implants.
“This new image guided implant system enables dentists to undertake their procedures with reduced stress as it allows them to be totally precise in their actions and gives them the assurance that they will be able to repeat their work with consistency,” said Lawrence Obstfeld.
Image-Navigation will be attending IDS 2019 and visitors are welcome at its booth (A-0491 in Hall 10.1).
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