Pellegrino, G, Mangano, C, Mangano, R, Ferri, A, Taraschi, V & Marchetti, C 2019, 'Augmented reality for dental implantology: a pilot clinical report of two cases.', BMC oral health, vol. 19, no. 1.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
BACKGROUND:Despite the limited number of articles dedicated to its use, augmented reality (AR) is an emerging technology that has shown to have increasing applications in multiple different medical sectors. These include, but are not limited to, the Maxillo-facial and Dentistry disciplines of medicine. In these medical specialties, the focus of AR technology is to achieve a more visible surgical field during an operation. Currently, this goal is brought about by an accurate display of either static or dynamic diagnostic images via the use of a visor or specific glasses. The objective of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of using a virtual display for dynamic navigation via AR. The secondary outcome is to evaluate if the use of this technology could affect the accuracy of dynamic navigation. CASE PRESENTATION:Two patients, both needing implant rehabilitation in the upper premolar area, were treated with flapless surgery. Prior to the procedure itself, the position of the implant was virtually planned and placed for each of the patients using their previous scans. This placement preparation contributed to a dynamic navigation system that was displayed on AR glasses. This, in turn, allowed for the use of a computer-aided/image-guided procedure to occur. Dedicated software for surface superimposition was then used to match the planned position of the implant and the real one obtained from the postoperative scan. Accuracies, using this procedure were evaluated by way of measuring the deviation between real and planned positions of the implants. For both surgeries it was possible to proceed using the AR technology as planned. The deviations for the first implant were 0.53 mm at the entry point and 0.50 mm at the apical point and for the second implant were 0.46 mm at the entry point and 0.48 mm at the apical point. The angular deviations were respectively 3.05° and 2.19°. CONCLUSIONS:From the results of this pilot study, it seems that AR can be useful in dental...
Pellegrino, G, Taraschi, V, Zacchino, A, Ferri, A & Marchetti, C 2019, 'Dynamic navigation: a prospective clinical trial to evaluate the accuracy of implant placement', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTERIZED DENTISTRY, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 139-147.
Karacan, I, Ben-Nissan, B, Wang, HA, Juritza, A, Swain, MV, Müller, WH, Chou, J, Stamboulis, A, Macha, IJ & Taraschi, V 2019, 'Mechanical testing of antimicrobial biocomposite coating on metallic medical implants as drug delivery system', Materials Science and Engineering: C, vol. 104, no. 109757, pp. 109757-109757.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Pellegrino, G, Tarsitano, A, Taraschi, V, Vercellotti, T & Marchetti, C 2018, 'Simplifying Zygomatic Implant Site Preparation Using Ultrasonic Navigation: A Technical Note.', The International journal of oral & maxillofacial implants, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. e67-e71.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Zygomatic implant site preparation could be considered a challenging procedure because of the use of a very long twist drill that could sometimes be difficult to control due to the need for drilling the malar bone on an oblique surface. Ultrasound was recently suggested to achieve better control, but the specific long tips required are not readily available, and the elongated tip also tends to reduce the efficacy. This technical note describes a proposal of a novel computer-aided technique to simplify the procedure of zygomatic implant site preparation. This method uses a standard-length ultrasonic tip to prepare the crestal bone and the zygomatic bone in two individual steps. The desired implant trajectory can be achieved during preparation using a real-time tracking navigation system. The combined use of the navigation system and the ultrasonic tips could aid the surgeon, during the first steps, in achieving optimal control of the instruments employed for the implant site preparation and keeping the planned zygomatic implant position. If the efficacy of the procedure is confirmed through clinical trials, this technique could also contribute to reducing the invasiveness of the procedure, promoting a smaller flap, and reducing the soft tissue damage.
Pellegrino, G, Taraschi, V, Vercellotti, T, Ben-Nissan, B & Marchetti, C 2017, 'Three-dimensional implant positioning with a piezosurgery implant site preparation technique and an intraoral surgical navigation system: Case report', International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. e163-e165.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 by Quintessence Publishing Co Inc. This case report describes new implant site preparation techniques joining the benefits of using an intraoral navigation system to optimize three-dimensional implant site positioning in combination with an ultrasonic osteotomy. A report of five patients is presented, and the implant positions as planned in the navigation software with the postoperative scan image were compared. The preliminary results are useful, although further clinical studies with larger populations are needed to confirm these findings.