Not all dental implant planning software systems are built equally. We would like to advocate that dental implant treatment planning is not just a combination of DICOM viewer and implant placement. In this blog, we list the factors you may want to consider when selecting your treatment planning software.
1. A solution without surgical guide outputs is NOT a solution.
Investment into such a solution can be a waste of time and money. It's time to change the business model now. As a customer, you should have the tools to output surgical guides right from your computer.
2. Evaluate the accuracy. Not all planning systems are accurate.
Systems should not down-sample DICOM data. Model registration should be accurate. Radiographic guide models are not always accurate. Avoid any DICOM conversion services. It is crucial for a system to directly open DICOM files.
3. Surgical guide design needs to be as automatic as possible.
If a solution cannot accomplish a surgical guide design within 3 minutes, it is not a good choice for dental offices or typical labs.
4. Be able to plan with single scan, dual scan, optical scan, or intra- oral scan.
Sometimes dual scan with a radiographic guide is the best choice; sometimes you want to create your surgical guides based on optical scan or intra-oral scan; sometimes a single scan is needed; users sometimes combine more than one protocol. A good DTP system is able to easily switch the approaches back and forth.
5. Be able to plan cases of both fully and partially edentulous cases, regardless of the number of implants.
DTP software and milling machines or printers are your long term investment. You don't want your DTP system to be limited to partial arch or 1 or 2 units. If a solution cannot accomplish a full arch, it is not a solution.
6. Capability to plan tough cases.
Many systems are similar, but only a few can handle complex cases, such as very loose bones or heavy artifacts/Scatters, etc. Make sure your real cases get taken care of.
7. Simplicity and Automation. If a system has some of the following characteristics, it's not a good system:
- Multiple applications need to be started, go in and out of steps/applications
- Cannot simply modify plan and update surgical guides.
- Cannot finish a simple case within 10 min.
- Mouse operations need to be combined with CTRL, SHIFT and other keys.
- Cases have to be prepared with specially made scan trays with special markers.
- Worksheets are generated for technicians to follow or to inspect Surgical guide
- Surgical guide preview is not what you get.
8. Are you getting an open system with adaptability?
- Directly work with DICOM files
- Work with any implant platforms
- Work with any surgical kit platforms
- Support universal surgical kit concept
- Take standard STL files as input Generate standard STL files
- Export STL files that are ready for manufacturing