Dr med. dent. Tim Joda MSc
Master of Science in Prosthetic Dentistry (University of Greifswald)
Specialist in Prosthodontics (DGPro)
Specialist in Implant Dentistry (DGI)
Specialist in Periodontology (DGP)
Implant Impressions – How many Bits and Bytes are Necessary?
Digital media has become an integral part of daily life. In the same way, virtual-mediated applications play an essential role in the development of implant dental medicine. Digital technologies offer additional treatment options, starting with diagnostic imaging, computer-assisted implant planning and guided placement, and extending to intraoral scanning as well as laboratory manufacturing.
In this context, the established conventional implant workflow can be combined and added by selected digital applications; or even a complete virtually based workflow is feasible for the entire treatment sequence today. The key factor for the realisation of a streamlined workflow is the scanning technology embedded in the field of computer-assisted dental processing.
Digital implant impressions symbolise the link between the interface of implant surgery and prosthodontics. Therefore, intraoral scanning constitutes a major role in the development of a full digital implant workflow. The correct 3D detection of the implant platform position and the transfer of the supra-implant mucosa architecture are crucial for a successful treatment with predictable outcomes. Moreover, patient-centred outcomes are gaining importance in dental therapy concepts: clinical success of the overall treatment is assumed as self-evident; convenience-oriented strategies are in the focus of the patients with their growing claims.
In addition, the development in dental imaging provides new opportunities to use scanning STL-data in combination with cone-beam computed tomography DICOM-files in a virtual environment. The superimposition technique of medical 3D media types offers the possibility to create a virtual dental patient.
However, how many bits and bytes are necessary to fulfil the dentist´s and patient´s expectations satisfying clinical and technical requirements in routine practice? The implementation of digital workflows strongly depends upon personal attitudes and interests; yet today, the implementation of virtual implant technology is not a question of if, but more of when to jump on...
Dr Joda works as an Assistant Professor at the Division of Fixed Prosthodontics at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He is a triple-trained Specialist in Prosthodontics, Implant Dentistry and Periodontology. Moreover, Dr Joda is Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine Boston, USA and Clinical Associate Professor at the University Medical Center of Hamburg, Germany.
His main clinical interests lie in fixed implant rehabilitation concepts and virtual patient replication modelling in oral & maxillofacial medicine. Dr Joda initiated several projects in the fields of clinical and translational research related to digital dental technologies and optimisation of implant workflows.
In 2013, Dr Joda received an ITI-Grant for his project “Full digital workflow for the CAD/CAM-production of monolithic implant crowns”. In addition, he has been awarded with Research Prizes of the Swiss Societies of Reconstructive Dentistry (SSRD) as well as Implantology (SGI).