Patient and Operator Centered Outcomes in Implant Dentistry: Comparison between Fully Digital and Conventional Workflow for Single Crown and Three-Unit Fixed-Bridge

Paolo Francesco Manicone, Cristina Grippaudo, Giulio Gasparini, Antonio D'Addona, Paolo De Angelis, Margherita Giorgia Liguori, Francesca Camodeca, Giuseppe D'Amato, Silvio De Angelis

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Abstract

Background: Scientific information about the effects of implant therapy following a precise workflow and patient and operators’ preferences should be considered to choose which implant treatment protocol to use, and to achieve patient’s satisfaction and functional results. The aim of this study was to analyze implant rehabilitations with a fully digital workflow and compare this approach with a conventional one. Methods: This study comprises 64 patients treated with a fully digital approach and 58 patients treated using a conventional protocol. Patient and operator centered outcomes were assessed through two visual analogue scale (VAS) questionnaires. Results: The VAS questionnaire demonstrated better results for the digital workflow concerning anxiety, convenience, taste, nausea sensation, pain and breathing difficulties (p < 0.0001). The VAS questionnaire administered to the operators showed better scores for the digital approach in relation to anxiety, convenience, difficulties of the impression procedure and the workflow (p < 0.0001). A significant reduced mean time for the digital workflow as well as a reduced number of required visits were recorded. Conclusion: The analysis of a fully digital and a conventional protocol showed better results according to patient and operators’ preferences when a fully digital approach was used.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2781-2781
Number of pages1
JournalMaterials
Volume13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • CAD/CAM
  • digital dentistry
  • implant dentistry
  • prosthodontics

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