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Planmeca has announced a new partnership with Navigate Surgical Technologies, a provider of surgical navigation solutions. (Photograph: Planmeca)

Planmeca announces partnership with Navigate Surgical Technologies

HELSINKI, Finland: Dental manufacturer Planmeca and Navigate Surgical Technologies (NST), a provider of real-time surgical navigation solutions, have announced their cooperation. According to Planmeca, the partnership aims to provide dental implant surgeons with technological innovations that will deliver enhanced patient outcomes through improved accuracy and precision, as well as through simplified digital workflows.

Dynamic surgical navigation combines all the benefits of freehand guided surgery and CBCT diagnostics with optical tracking technology that allows 4K cameras to track in real time the position of the clinician’s drill relative to the patient’s anatomy. The technology enables more accurate and more predictable implant placement, as well as easy identification of vital anatomical structures during surgery, resulting in a potentially less invasive procedure and an optimal restorative outcome, according to Planmeca.

The partnership between NST and Planmeca will bring dynamic surgical navigation to Planmeca dental units equipped with the new Planmeca Solanna Vision operating light. The operating light has two integrated 4K cameras, rendering the use of additional cameras during surgery unnecessary.

Dynamic surgical navigation is based on a preoperative CBCT scan. During the surgery itself, Planmeca Solanna Vision’s integrated cameras track the dental handpiece and the patient. The precise angulation and position of the drill are visualised on the patient’s CBCT scan in real time, guiding the clinician to perform the surgery as planned.

“We are really excited about this cooperation,” said Jukka Kanerva, Vice President of Dental Care Units and CAD/CAM Solutions at Planmeca. “NST’s innovative real-time surgical navigation solutions combined with our high-tech dental equipment will bring completely new dimensions to the placement of dental implants.”

“We are thrilled to complement and support Planmeca’s commitment to delivering state-of-the-art equipment to the dental profession with our optical tracking technology,” stated Martin Dymek, CEO of NST. “Innovation that simplifies workflows and improves patient outcomes is a winning combination.”

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