Ali Tahmaseb left Teheran for Belgium while in his late teens, where he began his dental education at the University of Ghent in 1988. Since then he has followed various training programs in oral surgery and implant dentistry throughout Europe and the USA. In 2011 he completed his PhD at the University of Amsterdam, ACTA and stayed on to become an associate professor in the Department of Oral Implantology and Prosthetic Dentistry, where he was also responsible for research and education. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His main research areas are guided surgery and navigation techniques, CAD/CAM, management of extraction sockets and their esthetic outcomes and guided bone regeneration around dental implants. He is co-founder of a novel concept in guided surgery and a primary investigator in implant dentistry at the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Erasmus Academic Medical Centre in Rotterdam. Ali Tahmaseb is also active in his private referring offices in Antwerp (Belgium), Amsterdam and Tilburg (Netherlands).
Computer-Assisted Implant Surgery (CAIS) and Available Surgical Tools in Daily Practice: Clinical Experience
Computer Aided Implant Surgery (CAIS) has lately been gaining popularity among dental clinicians. Several software packages and associated tools are available on the market. Recent literature reviews show that inaccuracies often occur when these techniques are applied. In this article, the authors give an overview of the tools available for CAIS along with their benefits and shortcomings as well as possible solutions to improve overall accuracy in CAIS.
Implantology is already well integrated in modern dentistry. Dental implant procedures are increasingly performed by general dentists in general offices. Still, as the indication field has been extended enormously, the need for more skilled and trained clinicians has been a subject of intensive interest at numerous universities and academic settings around the world.
Bone resorption is a common issue in implant dentistry. Several techniques and materials in bone regeneration in the oral cavity have been introduced, used and subjected to research.
Computer-guided surgery has been a subject of interest to clinicians and dental implant research for many years. Different levels of evidence have been presented showing different levels of accuracy. Different protocols have also been presented in the literature distinguished by i.a. different guide production, support and surgical protocols.
Basic components of the conventional prosthodontic diagnostic set-up workflow include dental cast models, full-mouth two-dimensional digital photographs, as well as selected intra- and extra-oral radiographs. This set-up provides a limited two-dimensional representation of the maxillofacial region and it fails to depict the patient in full three dimensions, thereby limiting diagnosis and treatment planning. Novel three-dimensional (3D) imaging technologies such as digital intra-oral scanning and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) are becoming increasingly available in the dental office.
The new technologies in the field of dental science have not only changed the way in which dentists run their practice but have also dramatically changed the procedures carried out in dental laboratories. Mechanical engineering, incorporated CMM, laser milling, 3D printing and 3D design in a mechanical tool shop are a few of the fields in which novel dental technologies are emerging.