FAQ

General

What products does iDent offer ?

iDent produces products for the accurate planning and placement of dental implants:

a)  Scan2Guide (S2G), a virtual environment for the planning of the optimal placement of dental implants
b) iGuides,  Surgical guides to ensure accurate implant placement based on the pre-surgical plan executed on ImplantMaster or Scan2Guide software
c) iTools for assisting in performing the drilling protocol of implant manufacturers
d) ImplantMaster, a full-feature version of Scan2Guide for use by iDent distributors and partners

How does the iDent process work?

1. Scan appliance produced for patient by dentist/laboratory.
2. CT scanning of patient and template.
3. CT scan diagnosis and implant planning utilizing Scan2Guide software.
4. Scan2Guide generates a design of the surgical iGuide which is e-mailed to a iDent or a licensed manufacturing location.
5. iGuide is manufactured by automated rapid manufacturing processes (no technician involvement) and returned to dentist.
6. Easy placement of implant using iGuide

Are Scan2Guide and ImplantMaster FDA approved?

Yes.

Materials & Sleeves

What materials are used to manufacture iGuides and iTools?

iGuides are manufactured from medically approved acrylic resin. Drill sleeves are medical grade titanium tubes. iToolsare made of stainless steel..

How tall are the guide sleeves?

5mm. The end of the sleeve contacts the soft tissues.

Why is surgery easier using iDent?

The correct angulation is built into the guide and the exact length is known from the top of the sleeve to the apex of the implant. Many surgeries can be done flapless.

What is the turnaround time for iGuide delivery from time of order?

Normal service is 5 work days. Expedited service is available in some areas in 48 hours. iDent Partners may offer shorter delivery times – please contact an iDent Partner.

What diameter drills can be used with iGuide sleeves?

Most regular implant diameter drills from major companies can be used. Any custom sized (non-standard) drill diameter is available by special order. Delivery times for customized drill diameters should be verified in advance with an iDent representative or partner.

Clinical

Is flapless surgery possible?

Yes, in most cases, resulting in less pain and swelling for patients, and faster implant placement.

Do we suggest soft tissue punching prior to flapless surgery?

Yes, although no research is available showing transgingival surgery to be detrimental. Punching can be done through the guide.

Are the iGuides sterilisable?

Yes, by cold sterilization. Ethylene oxide sterilization is possible. iGuides are delivered non-sterile.

How are guides supported in the mouth?

iGuides can be tooth or soft tissue supported.

Can guides be fixed in the mouth?

Yes. The fixation sites can be planned with the implants, and incorporated into the guide.

Can angled implants be used?

Yes. Angled implants can be planned to use the maximum length of implant in the available bone.

Is iDent suitable for fully edentulous cases?

Yes. There is no limit to the number of implants planned. A full jaw restoration using 4 or 6 implants can also be planned using angled implants.

How many iTools do I need?

One for each diameter of drill used.

Can implants be inserted through the guide?

Yes. The guide sleeves are made from Titanium for this purpose.

Can a flap be opened if necessary?

Yes. In all tooth supported cases, and with our modified protocol for edentulous cases.

CT Scanning

Where can the patient get a CT scan done?

At dental scanning centers or at most modern CT scanning facilities (radiology center or hospital) with a multi-slice scanner. iDent will verify that the scanner you wish to use is compatible with ImplantMaster software and supply the scanning site with the CT protocols required to be used during the scan. The iDent system is compatible with most cone beam CT imaging systems.

Is Scan2Guide compatible with in-office dental CT scanners?

Yes. Scan2Guide can be used with most dental CT imaging systems. Please contact iDent for further information about particular scanners that you may wish to use.

How do I get the CT scan back from the scanning site?

The scanning site will record the DICOM images from the scan onto a CD. Images can also be uploaded to iDent or its partners using HIPAA compliant protocols.

What are the minimum and recommended hardware/software system requirements?

· Intel P4 1.6 GHz (recommended: 2.8 GHz)
· 512 MB RAM
· 1GB free hard disk space
· Graphics Card – GEforce 440MX 64 MB or better
· OS Windows 2000 SP4 (recommended: Windows XP SP2)
· Internet connection – (High speed connection recommended)
· E-mail application (Outlook, Outlook Express, etc) – recommended

Is a radiographic scan appliance required for the iDent process?

Yes, this must be prepared by you or your technician according to iDent protocols.

Note: No radiographic teeth or substance such as barium sulfate is required to outline the teeth. iDent protocols for scanning will highlight these structures digitally.

Can my own laboratory make the radiographic template?

Yes, simply, according to the iDent protocols supplied to you. Your laboratory can indicate on the template where the ideal position of the restored teeth should be from a functional and aesthetic point of view. This information can be related to in the planning. A successful iGuide will only be produced

Do I need to send models to iDent?

No, only the digital result of the planning.

Does iDent help with immediate loading?

Yes – your laboratory can use the iGuide to prepare a restoration for immediate loading. In addition, after the surgery the iGuide can be used as an accurate impression tray for the pick-up impression.

What are the benefits of ImplantMaster/iGuides?

a) ImplantMaster and Scan2Guide use native DICOM images directly from most CT scanners – no pre-processing is required.
b) ImplantMaster and Scan2Guide allows for the link between virtual surgery and reality to be achieved accurately, reliably, predictably and rapidly. Once the surgical guide has been created by Scan2Guide, only the guide data needs to be sent to the iDent or its partners. The manufacturing process is automatic and not subject to manual intervention.
c) Ordering of the iGuide is achieved by sending a digital file by email.
d) iGuides are assured to fit both edentulous or partially edentulous cases.
e) The dentist can inspect the digital image of iGuide prior to ordering.