By: Trends Editorial Team
Life has a strange way of working out. Sometimes it puts us on the path to different and diverse experiences and sometimes on the path to what appears to be far and unrelated experiences, and eventually these unharmonized experiences collectively have a unique and long-lasting result. A result that is beautiful like a seven-shade rainbow and has a unique and whole characteristic despite the diversity.
I am Dr. Mehran Hemati, a 1998 graduate of Shiraz Medical Sciences University. I remember during my study years, dental implant surgery was a new, magnificent and almost unattainable phenomenon. And what would be more attractive to a young and driven student than new and out of reach phenomena?
My obsession with this new medical innovation led me to participate in a one-year (non-continuous) program from Bern University (Switzerland), organized by the UAE Health Ministry in Dubai. This training program opened my eyes to this monumental innovation and led me to a better understanding of it, part of it was to realize the important role of Medical Engineering, Digital and Information Technologies in dental implant surgery. This realization led me to study IT with medical orientation at Amir Kabir University. But this was not enough for my curious and passionate mind. Studying in the above field and my new understanding of the subject resulted in my going back to study once again, this time in the Medical Engineering field with biomaterials orientation, spending 2009 and 2010 on education in this field.
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Finally, after years of studying and gaining experience in various environments, I reached a practical and vocational multi-disciplinary view that enabled me to conduct effective implant surgery. This multi-disciplinary approach, without a doubt, allowed for more precision, quality and easier interaction with patients, and hands-on experience in this field added to my abilities in the mentioned three fields. Implementing the multi-disciplinary view resulted in my development of a new and different approach. In traditional approaches in dental implant, first the gum tissue is detached from the bone and then the surgeon, considering the shape and form of the bone and the location and situation of the nerve, places the implant on the appropriate place and eventually places the gum tissue back in the right place and does the stitching.
In the approach based on the multidisciplinary view, however, first the patient’s jaw is scanned and then using image preceding software, the radiography image is matched on the jaw’s scan. This way, the situation of the nerve and bone form is easily distinguished and the best placement for the implant is determined and controlled from all angels. A polymer device is also printed using a 3D printer as a guiding device or roadmap. When this device is placed on the patient’s tooth or jaw, using the roadmap, the location for the placement of the implant in the bone is determined and the implant in placed in the predicted position.
In this approach, since the optimal location for the placement of the implant is already determined, the time to install the implant is short and there is no need for the cutting or pushing aside the gum to directly see the jaw bone, and hence less post-treatment complications and minimum side effects.