Using a Digital Workflow to Plan an Implant Case from Start to Finish

Delivering predictable restorative outcomes is essential in implant cases. Through advancements in 3D and CAD/CAM technology, oral surgeons are better able to use a complete digital workflow to plan a case, fabricate a custom abutment, and fabricate and insert the crown.

In the Implant Practice article below, I describe how I treated a patient who presented with a congenitally missing left mandibular second premolar as well as the efficiencies experienced through the use of an integrated digital workflow.

Overall, when compared with conventional dentistry, a digital workflow allows us to complete a case—such as this one—in fewer steps and with enhanced patient comfort and satisfaction in mind.

Author: Bart W. Silverman, D.M.D.

Dr. Silverman is in private practice limited to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in New City, NY and is an attending Physician at Westchester County Medical Center, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Nyack Hospital, Department of Dentistry. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor at New York Medical College. He lectures nationally on several different implant systems and is President of the Bi-State and Hudson River Implant Study Clubs. He is a past president of the Rockland County Dental Society and previously served on the Board of Governors of the Ninth District Dental Society. Dr. Silverman graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1982 Summa Cum Laude and received his doctorate in Dental Medicine in 1986 from Fairleigh Dickinson Jr. School of Dentistry, where he was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society. He completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical residency at Westchester County Medical Center in 1989 and was Chief Resident during his final year. Dr. Silverman is currently a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.