Traditional methods of designing and creating full arch restorations are being increasingly replaced by digital processes. Software and hardware platforms for surgical guides and restoration design allow for local CAD/CAM production. Although these systems are becoming ubiquitous, their strengths and limitations must be understood. This presentation will take a critical look at the effectiveness of digital workflows used in full arch rehabilitation including: digital treatment planning using multiple datasets, linked digital workflows, guided implant surgery, prototypes and minimally veneered zirconia restorations. Results of recent studies on CAD/CAM abutment/restorative accuracy and esthetic restorative performance will be presented.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) compare digital treatment protocols in contrast to traditional workflows; 2) discuss the uses and current limitations of digital restorative design and CAD/CAM production; 3) recognize digital workflows that enhance restorative performance; and 4) explain the difference of open and closed systems and “best in breed.”