Implant planning module from Carestream Dental now accepts open files from intraoral scanners

Carestream Dental’s Prosthetic-Driven Implant Planning (PDIP) module can now accept scans from intraoral scanners that generates STL/PLY files, giving clinicians greater flexibility when planning and placing implants. The PDIP module is the implant planning solution that supports more confident diagnoses, improves treatment predictability, reduces the number of visits and leads to better patient communication and enhanced collaboration.

“Opening up the module to accept STL/PLY files gives practitioners more options and helps them make better decisions about optimal crown and implant position, which leads to more control over the final clinical and aesthetic outcomes,” said Stephane Varlet, global product line manager for extraoral imaging, Carestream Dental.

The PDIP module, which is an option available with CS 3D Imaging, makes it easy for doctors to ensure implants are positioned according to the ideal future restoration by letting them virtually plan a crown and implant on the same screen. The module automatically aligns the STL/PLY files from an intraoral scanner and DICOM file from either the CS 8100 3D, CS 8200 3D or CS 9600 CBCT systems to create a virtual set-up with little to no manipulation from the doctor.

Users then add a crown to the combined scanner/CBCT datasets and place the implant from a library featuring more than 90 manufacturers. They can also add abutments, create their own implants and manage their own library. Practitioners can also generate an implant report to order the components required for surgery and to share with their treatment network.

Because the PDIP module produces files in an open format, implant planning output can be easily exported with a single click into third-party software including Swissmeda or BlueSky Bio for the creation of surgical guides.