Journal of Prosthodontics News   June 9, 2020

Accuracy of Implant Placement Position Using Non‐Dental Open‐Source Software: An In Vitro Study


Now online in the Journal of Prosthodontics, Drs. Georgi Talmazov, Sompop Bencharit, Thomas C. Waldrop, and Rami Ammoun compared the accuracy of implant placement position using a non-dental software and a commercial dental implant treatment planning program.

When patients present with unique oral and maxillofacial anatomies, it can be difficult to use commercially available software to customize the fabrication of the implant guide. Open-source software are highly flexible but have not been fully utilized in dentistry.

The results of this study suggest that there is no statistical difference between the accuracy of the implant guide fabricated by a commercially available implant treatment planning software, and the accuracy of the implant guide fabricated by the non-dental open-source software. However, the non-dental software requires a steep learning curve and does not come with implant manuals or preset guides.

Further research is needed for testing and ensuring clinical integrity of these non-dental open source software either through a government regulatory body or a third party foundation tasked with maintaining standardization and clinical safety.

Talmazov G, Bencharit S, Waldrop T, et al: Accuracy of implant placement position using non‐dental open‐source software: an in vitro study. Journal of Prosthodontics 2020. 


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