I don’t think I will ever get tired of placing implants. Just the overall coolness of taking someone from no teeth to having a full set is like nothing else we do in dentistry. If you are not placing implants you really should look at courses like Justin Moody’s Implant Pathway. They do live courses in AZ and you get a few patients to work on. This case was interesting as we will be doing a hybrid and the patient still has a few teeth. I think edentulous guides are the hardest to work with. The tissue can be floppy, you need stabilization pins, etc. In this case we used the patient’s remaining teeth to anchor the guide, placed 4 implants, then extracted the remaining and did 3 free hand. Dentiq guide was used after taking a scan in CEREC and Galileos as you can export the STL and print yourself.
Guide was printed on the $725 Phrozen Shuffl. I used NextDent Clear with the SG setting and it worked although the guide tubes were a bit tight. Need to tweek the profile.
Yes, I know, that’s a lot of implants. Patient was a smoker and a diabetic, so if a few fail I can use the spares. Only charged for 6 implants. Will do the upper next and place screw receiving abutments in about 3 months and lateralize the tissue. This stuff is so fun, if you aren’t currently placing, your patient’s are really missing out!
If you want to learn more about 3D Printing and Digital Dentistry, we still have spots this weekend in Austin!! Oct 12-13!! Register below!!