A new era for dentistry
Computational biomechanics applied to dental treatments
Our groundbreaking software DentalFEM employs Artificial Intelligence (AI)
and the Finite Element Method (FEM) to provide accurate biomechanical response of implant treatments.
Our AI tool automatically generates a comprehensive 3D digital replica of the patient's oral cavity, meticulously reconstructed from Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) imagery. After placing the implant on virtual patient's anatomy using our user-friendly 3D environment, FEM simulations provide the biomechanical response of the treatment(stress-deformation patterns on teeth, implants, and surrounding bone and tissue) and implant survival can be evaluated.
DentalFEM operates seamlessly as a user-friendly web service, accessible from any device, operating system, or web browser.
By virtually testing surgical outcomes before proceeding with the actual procedure, clinicians gain confidence in their treatment plans, reducing the likelihood of unnecessary surgeries or implant failures. This not only saves time and costs but also enhances patient satisfaction and overall treatment outcomes.
Problem and solution
Dental implants do much more than replace missing teeth. They help maintain and strengthen bone structure, provide the
ability to chew food, and give patients the confidence to smile.
While dental implants are common tooth-replacement options, complications can occur.
Ensuring their clinical and aesthetic success involves a delicate balance of multiple factors, including implant material properties, precise design considerations and patient's anatomy and bone quality.
According to American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than 3 million people in US have already undergone one or more
dental implant surgeries in 2019. This number is growing at an annual rate of 500,000.
Traditional approaches , relying solely on clinical experience, Cone Beam CT scan exploration, 3D printing or CAD/CAM 3D tools
often fall short in delivering optimal implant biomechanical outcomes potentially reducing implant's lifespan
(mechanical failure is around 10%, and this figure is linked also with aesthetic failure, with a 33% incidence in patients
undergoing implant treatments).
Finite element method (FEM) is a numerical technique to study mechanical response of a structure computationally, widely
used in aerospace, automotive or naval industries.
Despite FEM has proved to be a useful tool in implantology, the scientific skills needed and the steeped learning curves of general-purpose software (expensive license fees), preclude the use of this approach in daily clinical practise.
What if we could combine the power of dentistry and engineering to create a more predictable, precise, and patient-centric implantation process, reducing failure rates in a 40% and dental office appointments in a 35% ?
Our groundbreaking software DentalFEM employs Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Finite Element Method (FEM) to provide accurate biomechanical response of implant treatments.
By leveraging well-established mathematical foundations and computational techniques, we deliver unparalleled precision and accuracy. Our software offers an immersive and visually stunning experience (AR environment and holographic display) for detailed examination of implant placement, enabling clinicians to explore the outcomes of different implant scenarios dynamically and interactively.
Previously inaccessible areas and challenging measurements become easily accessible. Visualize stress distributions, analyze deformation patterns, study implant-bone interactions and make well-informed decisions based on evidence.
In the United States alone, it is estimated that approximately 100,000 dental implants fail each year (assuming a 10% failure
rate). These failures result in a substantial cost of around $400 million annually, assuming an average implant cost of
$4,000. By increasing the budget by just 6% and implementing the use of DentalFEM, the country has the potential to save
approximately $160 million on failure treatments each year.
How it works?
DentalFEM is groundbreaking software designed for dental professionals to reduce dental implant failure rates through computational biomechanics. The workflow is as follows:
1. Registration and login on the web platform
The workflow is managed through our tailored web platform. Once you register and you are logged in, you can create your cases. You are free to include the desired data for your patients. The only mandatory input is the uploading of a Cone Beam CT of your patient. An anonymised copy of your patient's dataset is sent to our servers. Once uploaded, you just need to click on "Launch reconstruction" and all the proccess starts.
CBCT involves tissues, teeth, bone... among other anatomical structures. These areas need to be identified and isolated in order to model them with suitable physical properties (density, Young modulus and Poison ratio) and obtain the regions of interest for the obtention of the patient's 3D digital replica. These process is called segmentation and usually reuqieres tedious work of an expert in oral anatomy (a single dataset segmentation can takes up to 8 hours of manual work). Our refined Machine Learning algorithms automatically carry out this work, in a matter of minutes.
3. 3D reconstruction
Based on segmented CBCT data, an accurate 3D reconstruction of patient’s oral cavity is obtained, containing all relevant structures for the finite element analysis. This stage involves also smoothing and decimation of the patient's anatomy. Using in-house algorithms, we reconstruct also periodontal ligament (PDL) and we are including mandibular canal within our digital twin.
Each region is assgined with variable material properties to accurately represent the biomechanics of the materials involved.
4. Virtual surgery
Once the virtual patient is available, we allow the user to place the implant. We have a database comprising assemblies of screws, abutments and crowns of well-known brands. Hence, the user can assess several procdures based on different positioing of the implat, angles,implant materials, shape, lenght...The possibilities are endless!
This powerful tool allows to simulate also stages of the implant treatment (sinus augmentation, bone grafting…) computationally by directly modifying the virtual 3D geometry of the patient and placing the new implant. and study the outcomes for the patient from a mechanical perspective. The surgeon modifies the 3D model in order to replicate the real surgery.
5. Meshing and FEM simulation
The next step is to obtain the structural response of the implanted protheses by solving solid mechanics equations using finite element method. The 3D model is meshed (divided in small volume cells) where equations will be solved. This will provide biomechanical values at every point of the oral cavity geometry based on different loading conditions to understand the influence of the treatment, forecasting the outcomes before going to the chairside with the real patient.
Bone remodeling and osseointegration, together with non linear material proerties of tissue will be part of our final release, providing the most accurate oral biomechaical model developed so far.
6. Analysis of the results
Finally, the computer provides a wealth of data that includes stress and strain distributions among others. This will aid in patient specific surgery planning (material selection, diameter/length of implant…) and guarantee the values for this procedure are within the acceptable range to prevent implant failure
We replace real humans by virtual ones, predicting the outcome of a procedure before performing it on real patients!
Some of the most outstanding features of our product, in contrast to the competitive offerings, are:
All stages of an Finite Element Method (FEM) analysis of the oral cavity are automated (the results obtained are therefore independent of the user). We eliminate the inherent difficulty of working with complex engineering or image processing programs, thus eliminating the learning curve.
The software is based on well-studied mathematical foundations (partial differential equations and numerical methods to solve them), making it very precise.
Based on images that you have already obtained with a CBCT scanner of your patient.
Results can be analyzed interactively and immersively, even in real-time using our augmented reality environment
We provide a large amount of information that cannot be obtained with current methods in implantology and orthodontics, such as stresses and deformations in the implant, in the periodontal ligament... and we maintain functionalities of the most commonly used programs.
You can test as many implants or orthodontics as you want under the same operating conditions, so you can predict those that provide the best results for your patient without bothering them at all.
100% web SaaS
You only need an internet connection and a browser. Forget about installations, updates, maintenance... and pay only for what you use if you want!
Versatile and Multi-Device
You can use it on any type of device (PC, laptop, tablet...) and operating system. You only need a web browser!
Results will be available in a couple of hours. So forget about long waiting times for you and your patients.
In research, mechanical tests and experimentation in general are significantly reduced (including tests with animals), resulting in time and money savings
We’re - idealists and strategic thinkers.
After 5 years of intense work, we managed to create and engage an outstanding team for the development of our revolutionary product. Technical, financial and business development profiles are working together towards the common goal of changing the dental treatments' paradigm.
Business Development Director
CAD and meshing
Finite element analysis
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