Software that ties digital dentistry together

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Dental Products Report, Dental Products Report August 2020, Volume 54, Issue 8

Planmeca Romexis® 6.0 digital imaging software platform offers enhanced ease of use and a wide range of new image management tools.

Zachary Evans, MS, PhD, DMD, has a unique perspective when it comes to performing a variety of periodontal and implant cases. In one regard, the experienced clinician is comfortable tackling many cases without the need of all the technology at his disposal. That said, taking advantage of many of the digital dentistry tools available from Planmeca has made him realize how efficiently and confidently all cases can be performed. On top of that, he has the perspective of seeing these technological advances through the eyes of dental students.

Because of this, the assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), College of Dental Medicine is quite impressed with Planmeca’s latest update to its comprehensive dental digital imaging software, Planmeca Romexis 6.0. The academian, who practices both at a private practice on campus as well as away from the university, has been a pioneer in digital dentistry and has been able to use Planmeca’s full slate of products both while delivering care and while instructing students.

“I’ve been really fortunate to have this relationship with Planmeca. It has been a real benefit, mutually, but probably more so to me,” Evans says. “Having access to the entire array of technology that they offer, it’s been exciting to be part of their team.”

In this role, he has been able to try out products and technologies before they are available to other dentists, and he was a beta tester for Romexis 6.0.

“We use Planmeca’s entire platform of technology, both in our teaching settings, and in our faculty practice. This gives us a unique perspective, not only using it, but also seeing how it helps novice users by simplifying complex workflows,” Evans says.

The MUSC has access to a number of digital dentistry technologies from numerous manufacturers.


“We have access to nearly all major digital software packages at our university,” he explains. “I don’t push our periodontics residents in any direction as we want them exposed to a broad array of systems; however, for their implant planning and surgical guide design, which is their major digital application, I see them almost exclusively using Romexis 6 by choice. That’s a huge testament.”

Seamless, yet comprehensive

A talented digital dental team at the university helps Planmeca test and incorporate products like Romexis software to treatment plan even the most complex surgical cases. “We use the entire gamut of technology, and the software helps bring together clinicians involved in case planning and treatment,” Evans says.

One of the things that makes Romexis 6.0 special is that it ties everything together so well.

“What I’m a believer in now is that when you start to bring all of that technology together and when it’s tied together with a really powerful piece of software, the benefit you get is truly synergistic,” he says.

With this software, all aspects of digital dentistry come together so “it makes things easier, our clinical outcomes are better, and you can accomplish things more efficiently,” he adds. “It’s almost like too good to be true. You check all those boxes.”

The versatile software allows practitioners to take advantage of its many features regardless of their level of involvement in digital dentistry, all within a single platform.

The advantage compared to traditional or alternative systems is that you have the seamless integration of all of your digital tools in one place. For example, you can execute complicated case planning within the patient’s chart without having to import or export files, or rely on separate software systems. Evans adds, “for me, I can complete a diagnostic waxup for an implant case, merge intraoral scans and the waxup to the CBCT, virtually plan an implant, and create a surgical guide, all within the patient’s file.” 

He says the software’s smile design merges intraoral and full-smile photographs and facilitates esthetic mockups which aids in patient communication and case acceptance. The smile design can be directly translated into surgical or CAD/CAM planning, while helping manage patient expectations.