Digital implant dentistry - is it time to move out of the stone age?
This will be a presentation of a novel digital workflow for dental implant planning, surgery and restoration. STL files (Digital Impression Files) are inserted into DICOM files (CT scan files) prior to planning computer-guided surgery. Surgery is planned knowing the exact preoperative soft to hard tissue relationship. At surgery, or at a subsequent appointment, digital impressions of the implant fixture(s) are taken, and CAD/CAM restorations constructed.
After training in his native New Zealand, Nick studied at the Eastman Dental Institute. There he obtained the M.Clin.Dent degree in Prosthodontics. Nick also holds the MRD RCS(Ed), FRCDS and MFDS RCS(Eng).
His areas of interest include all aspects of dental implant dentistry and fixed and removable prosthodontics.
Of particular recent interest has been his involvement in computer-guided surgery for placement of dental implants using C.T. scans in conjunction with virtual implant planning software.
Nick enjoys membership of the ADI and the ITI, where he is both a mentor and a study club director. He has presided over the LDSC and was a founding member of the NZDSL. He also is president elect for the Reading Branch of the BDA (2012).
Qualifications: BDS(NZ) MClinDent(Prosthodontics) (Lond) FRACDS MRD RCS(Ed) MFDS RCS(Eng)