I debated posting this case as its not super difficult, but who the hell wants that? I know the landscape has changed for GPs and implants over the last 5 years or so as more and more of us are seeing what a great addition and big benefit to our patients this is. But I think there are some cool aspects of this case that may help a few of you get off the fence. I scanned this patient in CEREC and imported the files along with a Galileos DICOM series into the Dentiq Guide software from 3Dii.net. One thing that this guided software does really well is keep the occlusal relationship between your upper and lower models. BSP or other guided software lose that relationship. $20 to export for 3D Printing.
For those that are reluctant to jump into 3D printing, this printer, the Anycubic Photon, is not a bad way of getting started. I wouldn’t recommend it if you plan on printing a lot, as the build plate is pretty dinky. But at $525 and printing in FDA approved materials like NextDent Surgical Guide, its roughly the price of one guide printed elsewhere. Plus if you don’t like it you can sell it on Ebay and still be on top.
A tight pocket of bone distal to the second pre molar. I know it looks close on the Xray, but that may be an angulation issue. Also note that my punch was a lot smaller than my guide sleeve hole, hence the off center placement, which should granulate in. I used a Legacy 2 5.7 by 8mm implant.
If you want to play with the Photon and a bunch of other printers, including the Form2 and the Moonray, come to the next 3D Printing Party July 20 and 21 in LA!!