Over the last several years, in-office digital workflows have increased significantly for surgical guides, immediate temporization and final prosthetic design/fabrication. The progress has predominately been made and shared in titanium implantology with custom and/or multi-unit abutments for full arch/multi-unit cases but has eluded zirconia implantology at the in-office level for everyday practitioners. The constraints of zirconia implant abutment options for full arch and multi-implant cases have added complexity in using the novel digital in-office lab flows until now. A refined digital workflow essentially aims at simplifying clinical acts with greater predictability and speed, with clear benefit to the patient.
A customized digital in-office workflow also allows the predictable utilization of once hard-to-master technologies such as zirconia one-piece implants for difficult cases such as those for full arch/multi-units. The presenter will discuss the benefits and techniques of a full-digital workflow for full arch/multi-unit zirconia implant reconstruction that drives surgical planning, procedures and restorative fabrication to guarantee natural esthetic outcomes. The author will discuss the decision points and guidelines for digital implant positioning and temporary 3D design with integrated in-office printing/milling for same day immediate temporization, as well as digitally planned final prosthetic restoration for full arch/multi-unit cases. Series of clinical cases series will be presented to the audience to illustrate the digital workflow in-office protocol, including scanning and printing/milling hardware, digital planning and designing software and material choices for temporization.
About Dr. May:
Dr. May received his dental degree from University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and completed GPR residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York City. After working in private practice for a number of years, Dr. May started his own practice focusing on full mouth reconstruction, oral implantology and metal free dentistry using the latest digital dentistry techniques and technology. Located in Connecticut, Dr. May has established a leading zirconia implant practice in the Northeast USA focusing on specialized full mouth metal-free reconstruction cases. He is an accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, a Founding Board member of the American Academy of Ceramic Implantology, a member of the International Academy of Ceramic Implantology board certified in Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine.