An alternative implant planning program has arrived - the Guide Designer module is packed with some gobsmacking features. You're guaranteed to love this one.
Imagine using two open source software programs, one for implant planning and one for guide design, while working in both programs at the same time. Sounds impossible, right?
With the help of two amazing dental innovators, Georgi Talmazov and Patrick Ryan Moore (creators of the 3D Pano & the 3DSlicer/Blender link), we have created an implant planning package like no other. It is cost effective, easy to use and has a systematic approach.
If you're new to CAD work, don't worry. The step-by-step and easy to follow Blenderfordental tutorials will show you how it works.
After establishing the link between the two software programs, you can place 3D Slicer and Blender side-by-side on your desktop. If you have two monitors you'll get the full benefit.
The dental model is first aligned to the CBCT scan by using the ICP Alignment Tool module. This will reassign the dental model coordinates to the CBCT scan, so you'll see the dental model in the correct position in the dicom viewer.
The module will then walk you through placing virtual teeth, which will help you locate the implants into the correct position.
The 3D Pano extension will make navigation in the dicom viewer a breeze. Simply draw a curve on the CT scan. A transverse plane and a tangential plane is then created. This follows the curve for exact viewing. A 3D Slicer extension is used to mark the inferior alveolar nerve.
The virtual implants are fully adjustable in all shapes or forms. You can include safety zones if you like. The drill hole through the guide sleeve can be offset to ensure the drill spins freely in the guide, or you can incorporate a metal guide sleeve. You'll need the B4D Component module to do this.
The B4D Components module now includes the Steco titanium guide sleeves. These are special cutting tools which make the cavity in the guide.
If you want to set a predetermined drill length, you can do this too. Just insert the drill length into the slider bar.
An angle indicator can be used for angled abutments. This is also a handy feature. All implant dimensions can be exported in CSV file format for your records.
To create your guide choose between painting your guide layer for a closed frame implant guide or you can use the tube method to design an open frame or skeleton design.
Either way, immerse yourself in the Blender's amazing visual effects while creating your implant guide.
When your guide is done, you can export the dental model with the drill holes as an additional diagnostic tool. You can also use the virtual teeth to make temporary crowns. These adapt to the implant so you get an ideal tooth emergence profile.
The module is priced at $185, although you will also need the Model Designer $79, the B4D Block-out module $129 to make a passive model, and the ICP Alignment tool module to align the dental model to the CT scan at $79, to make it all work.
The B4D Components module is optional if you want to use metal guide sleeves.
There are no ongoing .stl download fees, so you can create as many guides as you like.
As always, updates are free.
We hope you enjoy the GUIDE DESIGNER module.