Dental Implant Tracking & Analysis: Via The Australian Registry

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Dental Implant Tracking & Analysis: Via The Australian Registry

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A dental implant is one of the most popular methods of tooth replacement in oral prosthetic surgery. Its placement plan is critical; positioning errors can lead to permanent nerve damage, numbness, and complete failure of both the implant and crown. Position, breadth, depth, correct angulations, and accurately calculated jawbone density are necessary considerations for successful long-term treatment.

Prior to the latest, and continuing technological advances in dentistry, a mechanically guided system or template drill was the direction finder for post placement. Using an impression of the patient’s teeth, it required the transfer of 2-and-3D images to the interactive map and then to the template. The drawback was always the lack of independent operator control during the procedure, the reality of tiny miscalculations and a cost reflective of the time consuming aspect of the initial stage of the procedure.

Now, a non-invasive, 3D electromagnetic motion tracking system allows interactive drill activity images and the usual surgical precision drastically minimises the chance of any long-term side effects from sometimes previously unavoidable miscalculations.

The dental databank of the implant registry gives seamless access to relevant information across the levels of involvement and expertise that create the solution to a missing tooth. Patients, dental professionals, dental engineers and, while maintaining the strict anonymity of individuals, material producers and manufacturers are able to track primes and misdemeanours.

For a dentist treating a new patient, the registry allows them to easily find the type of implant or abutment they have for faster diagnosis, an optimum restorative plan, and further risk assessment. For patients experiencing any type of discomfort or complication, this is 24/7, secure data, password protected, access to information about the materials and components used for the implant.

All the information is retained and accessible to both practitioners and patients beyond individual practice records for literally the lifetime of the patient – way beyond the standard 7-year limitation.

With its headquarters in Adelaide, South Australia and officially launched in March 2018, and the DIR is a hub of centralised data and information. It exists as the facilitating agency for optimum communication between treating professionals and their patients. Having dental implants – as common a procedure as it now is – is still an invasive surgical procedure of complex requirement. It involves the permanent attachment of a foreign body to facial bone. Oral tissue is incised. Osseointegration has to transpire. Unforeseen complications can occur. As with any surgery, infection is a possibility. It is a phased process.

The success rate of dental implants is high: 96.1%; new dental implant technology and heightened practitioner skill levels lower the risk of an unhappy outcome. But that low failure rate doesn’t matter one iota if it happens to be you, now part of that statistic.


Surgery involves people, and people live involved lives. Lives that can unexpectedly flip axis in a nanosecond, lives that demand moving, rejigging, rebuilding; lives that become abundant, or redundant. Lives that mean whatever they were doing that was working for them before, is now unavailable, undoable or undesirable.

Maybe stress affected a previously militant and prioritised oral health regimen – indeed an important aspect of general health, but moreso with the ongoing care and maintenance of the materials and site that make up your implant. Maybe a move dictated the loss of their trusted and long-term dentist – the only one who truly understood their dental phobia. The only one who has ever managed to get them to stay in the chair.

An accident or medical condition could have happened. Across country from where you and your dental records usually are.

Whatever the reason, a dental implant isn’t done when you open the door of the clinic after your final follow-up appointment. Like a puppy, it’s not just for Christmas; and stuff happens.

This is the beauty of the DIR. It’s a bit like a motor registry for implants; the whole history is there. Makes sense – you could’ve bought a small car for the price of the procedure.

The Dental Implant Registry gives dental health professionals and implant manufacturers tools and current data that tracks patients’ implants that helps quantify and identify the positive components, and remedy any negative trends in patient or dentist satisfaction. It provides an implant education and training portal for institutions, associations and specialists. It is the assurance for patients that any implant issues will be carried out expertly and expediently.

The DIR insists and supports transparency between patients, dental professionals, industry, and government agencies for the continuing safety and betterment of patient options and outcomes, rehabilitations and repairs, and offers the opportunity for availing highly useful contributions to the advances of dental research.


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The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional personal diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a dental or medical condition. Never disregard professional advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read or seen on the Site.

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