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Digital communication is key for successful guided implant surgery

The relationship between a clinician and dental technician is a key aspect of quality implant planning, surgery and prosthetic work. Here, Dr. Robin Horton, Principal of Wayside Dental Practice, UK, and Bradley Moore, Dental Technician at Essence Dental Laboratory, UK, discuss the importance of collaboration and communication in guided implant surgery.

NobelClinician software

Logical protocols for predictable treatment planning

As a result of innovations in e-communication channels and technologies in recent years, the ability to collaborate and communicate with each other is easier and more effective than ever before. Digitalization has helped improve and streamline our workflow, most notably the way that we share and provide crucial information.

The ability to access images, scans and patient notes easily, quickly and efficiently, allows us to work to higher standards that are beneficial to us professionally and to our patients. It is for these reasons that the NobelClinician software is so invaluable to us. Our standardized working procedure ensures all aspects of the planning process are systematically evaluated, allowing for increased predictability and better results.

Having developed a logical operating protocol that ensures clinical information and materials are sent from the practice with each set of case notes, we are always both aware of what is going on during each treatment phase and what the next step is. Communication by text and email is routine, effective and very helpful – any sense of disorganization or confusion in what we are striving to achieve is eliminated. Essentially, we’ve got the workflow down to a tee. 

Single-unit anterior clinical case

Begin with the end in mind

This collaborative relationship is important because it provides predictability and accuracy, which in turn ensures the optimum outcome is achieved and the long-term result is better for the patient. The format of the workflow helps with this too, as we can determine what the outcomes are going to be before we even begin – we ‘begin with the end in mind’.

An efficient workflow and improved communication also helps to reduce chair time for the patient. In turn, that helps to minimize discomfort and improve the overall experience. In the past, surgery for a single implant case would have taken an hour and a half, whereas now, precision planning and state of the technologies mean an implant procedure typically takes about 20-30 minutes.

Successful collaboration between clinicians and labs

Maintaining a great level of communication and working collaboratively is integral to the success of our cases and achieving a predictable and accurate outcome for our patients. We are always looking for ways to make improvements to the service that we deliver, and it is for that reason that we will continue to implement effective and innovative solutions and strategies from Nobel Biocare. 

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Clinical case courtesy of Dr. Robin Horton, Principal of Wayside Dental Practice, UK, and Bradley Moore, Dental Technician at Essence Dental Laboratory, UK.