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18 Jan 2012 - Immediate Smile® bridge gives patients and dentists something to smile about

Immediate Smile® bridge – the name speaks for itself. Materialise Dental’s latest technology is helping implantologists bring the most advanced dental procedures to their practices that promise to put smiles on patients’ faces the moment they walk out the door.

Today, Materialise Dental’s 3D Digital Dentistry is allowing dentists to remove teeth, place implants and fit bridges during same-day surgeries. This technology translates to high patient comfort and fewer visits. Dental professionals are also smiling because the immediate loading procedure is quicker and easier.

Exclusive to Materialise Dental, by combining SimPlant® and SurgiGuide® with CAD/CAM technology (“computer-aided design” and “computer-aided manufacturing”), this workflow is fully digitized.

Simplified and time saving workflow with a fully digital process
Traditionally when patients required a temporary bridge for immediate loading, dentists needed to make an impression or plaster model and bite registration. After that they sent it to the dental laboratory and waited for one to be made.

But now a full digital workflow allows for quick and easy fabrication of a bridge. All information is already available in the SimPlant® planning so no extra preparations are needed. All dentists need to do is order the bridge with SimPlant® and they will receive it together with the SurgiGuide® before the actual surgery takes place.

“SimPlant® offers us the opportunity to carefully manage our esthetic cases: from diagnostics to implant and prosthetic planning to guided surgery and CAD/CAM restorations,” say Dr. Guido Schiroli and Uli Hauschild, Italy.

Temporary restorations before implant surgery without special components
Since the bridge and SurgiGuide® are delivered together before surgery, this allows dentists to perform the surgery and placement of the bridge in a single visit. The unique part of this procedure comes from the fact that the temporary screw-retained restoration is secured using an intuitive and fast procedure without requiring extra expensive or special components. Dentists can stick to their favorite implant brand.

Predictable esthetics even for cases with tooth extractions
Innovative and versatile, this technology can also be used for predictable esthetics even for cases with tooth extractions. If patients still have their natural teeth but they are lost, tooth extractions are simulated with SimPlant®. The bridge is then made based on implant planning and patients’ natural teeth.
The Immediate Smile® bridge gives patients the opportunity to switch from ”natural teeth” to “teeth on implants” in a single visit.

Cumbersome and time-consuming immediate loading procedures before, during and after surgery are now a thing of the past with Materialise Dental’s Immediate Smile® bridge!