Advancements in Digital Implant Dentistry: Transitioning from Freehand to Guided Navigational Implant Placement – A MATTER of BALANCE


Current advancements and improved technology in Implant Dentistry have significantly enhanced the clinician’s ability to provide quality care at a higher level and improved predictability with implant therapy. This presentation will review the improvements that have been introduced in the area of surgical implant placement beginning with free-hand surgical placement of a dental implant progressing to guided surgical placement and more recently, navigational placement. The presentation will highlight specific areas where the clinician must become properly trained in order to take full advantage of the improved technologies and advanced techniques so that they may provide a higher standard of care for their implant patients. Specific areas that will be addressed and discussed will focus on the Functional and Esthetic Zones.

Following PI Brånemark’s initial challenge to the surgeon, it is extremely important for the clinician actively involved with Implant Dentistry to understand the principles and necessity to follow the appropriate surgical and restorative protocols to obtain long-term success for their implant patients.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr Peter Moy, USA

Dr. Moy received his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a certificate in General Practice Residency from Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii and a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from UCLA Hospital. He limits his practice to Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, focusing on surgical aspects of Implant Dentistry and reconstruction of the severely atrophic alveolar ridge. A Professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at UCLA, he is also Director of Implant Dentistry, as well as, the Straumann Surgical Dental Center and Nobel Biocare Surgical Fellow Program. He belongs to several professional organizations including the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, a Fellow of Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Academy of Osseointegration, where he is a Past President (2010-2011). He is an associate editor for the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants and reviewing editor for International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Clinical Implant Dentistry & Related Research and Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology. He has written numerous articles and book chapters on surgical augmentation procedures, management of medically compromised implant patients, use of rhBMP-2 for maxillary sinuses and immediate loading of dental implants and recently published the textbook Fundamentals of Implant Dentistry – Surgical Principles, Volume II. Dr. Moy is the first holder of the Nobel Biocare Endowed Chair, Surgical Implant Dentistry at UCLA and serves as Director, Surgical Implant Center located in UCLA, School of Dentistry. Dr. Moy also maintains his private practice in West Coast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center in Brentwood, California.