Nish Yadev from the Campbell Clinic talks about his experience of developing a digital workflow using Straumann® coDiagnostiX™ to aid implant planning
I joined the Campbell Clinic in 2016 and I feel very privileged that I’ve been exposed to digital dentistry pretty much from day one. When I joined the practice, we didn’t have a lot in the way of digital technology, but over the last couple of years I’ve been collaborating with the University of Geneva, travelling there to see their digital set-up in action to get an idea of what to bring back to our practice.
We now have a very successful digital workflow in place, based around the 3Shape TRIOS® intraoral scanner and coDiagnostiX, a powerful and user-friendly piece of digital implant planning software that allows dental implants to be planned precisely and easily.
The patient experience
When patients come to us for implant treatment we plan everything for them digitally. Using intraoral scans taken with the TRIOS we create a 3D study model which is imported into coDiagnostiX along with any CBCT scans so we can plan the case from start to finish. We know exactly where the implant is to be placed, the type of implant to use and whether a bone graft might be required.
When we plan on coDiagnostiX we always get a second clinician to check that everything is correct before going ahead to print a surgical guide using a Straumann® CARES® P Series printer. We used to have to mill our surgical guides but 3D printing has changed all that. Straumann’s latest 3D printers are ideal for producing study models and surgical drill guides, which can be printed in roughly 16 minutes. There’s less waste, an increased accuracy and it saves a lot of clinical and laboratory time.
I think patients also enjoy this part of their treatment as they feel quite special being at the forefront of such innovative technology. When I say to patients ‘I’m just going to take a few impressions’ and they genuinely say, ‘oh not that gooey stuff!’ they are delighted to find I’m actually using an intraoral scanner. Patients can interact with the screen and see their mouth in 3D – almost certainly for the first time – and they are thrilled. They can clearly see where their implants are going to be placed and a mock-up of what their restored dentition will look like. For them and this really helps in treatment acceptance.
Easy to use and intuitive
There is something of a learning curve when it comes to coDiagnostiX but that’s only to be expected of such intuitive software. There are many online YouTube videos freely available that I found extremely helpful to learn exactly what coDiagnostiX could do for me, and once you’ve got to grips with the technology it’s very easy to use.
coDiagnostiX is prosthodontically-driven so you can plan your restoration and place the implant accordingly. It works seamlessly with the Straumann® CARES® workflow so the technician can effectively design the crown around the planned implant position plus it has the ability to share this information with other clinicians. I can plan an implant case and use coDiagnostiX to communicate the case with other clinicians to check, and they do not even have to be in the practice. coDiagnostiX gives access to a large implant library from different manufacturers so it can be used with a clinician’s implant system of choice.
In my opinion coDiagnostiX is a very powerful piece of software and I couldn’t imagine planning my implant cases without it – it has opened up a completely seamless and time-saving workflow to ensure the best treatment outcomes for our patients.
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Nishant Yadev MSc, PhD, BDS, MFDS RCS Ed
Nish graduated in Dentistry from the University of Sheffield in 2015. After spending a year in general practice, Nish joined The Campbell Clinic in September 2016. Before Nish trained to become a dentist, he had undertaken an undergraduate MSc in Molecular Medicine and then a research-based PhD in Oral Disease. During this time, Nish presented his work at national and international conferences and he won the European Association of Oral Medicine Young Scientist Award in 2008. In November 2016, Nish successfully completed his examinations for Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. At the practice, Nish provides the majority of general dentistry to adults and children. He also has an interest in digital dentistry, helping to deliver cutting-edge CAD/CAM restorations.