Targeting Perfection


October 2019  | Issue: No. 16

Navident From A New User’s Perspective:

Q and A with Dr. Isaac Tawil, Co-Director AIE

(Dr. Tawil was trained with the New TaP Upgrades detailed below)

(Left to right): Dr. Isaac Tawil, Dr. Francisco Casadesus and Dr. Scott Ganz
How has your onboarding experience been with Navident?
After much research I decided upon Navident for its compact and compatible nature. Living and practicing in New York, space is a luxury which we often run out of. Purchasing new equipment often leads to remodeling or removing something to create space. The Navident design lends itself for a compact office. Its compatibility with all motors and piezo units makes it a great fit for any size office where other navigational systems required new motors and much more space.

What was the learning curve for you?
I have to say it was a much easier transition to Navident than I expected. Dr. Francisco Casadesus made it extremely simple during our 2 day in office training. The ease of the trace and place system combined with a simple planning software made going to virtual guidance fun. It’s as easy as playing a video game. In fact as I’ve been using it more I’ve begun to challenge myself to reduce angular deviation and implant position as if I were playing a gaming compile. It’s a lot of fun to be able to match your plan with high accuracy in a free handed manner.

In what percentage of your implant cases do you use Navident?
I’m switching to use Navident in all my freehand cases. I still use static guides for immediate loading of prefabricated restorations; however, we’ve been working to convert those cases as well. At this point and time I’d say 90% of our cases are dynamically guided with Navident.

Was there anything that surprised you about Navident that you didn’t expect?
I was surprised with its simplicity. I expected the software to require much more training. I do consider myself computer literate and my belief is that any computer literate practitioner can learn the software in under an hour. We brought the unit to our implant training facility in Mexico to put that theory to test. We had doctors, who have never placed an implant, planning and placing the same day with the Navident system. Their feedback was astonishing as they were more confident with the unit as a security blanket. Many of the attendees requested a full live surgery course with Navident training.

Any other insights you would like to share with current or prospective Navis?
Whether you’re a new to implant dentistry or a seasoned practitioner, you’ll be surprised at just how much you can accomplish using dynamic navigation. I thought for years that I didn’t need assistance with implant placement. It wasn’t until trace and place came along with multiple hand piece options such as piezo and high speed handpicks that I was convinced I needed it to enhance and simplify my practice. With dynamically guided sinus lifts, dynamically guided partial extraction therapy and dynamically guided ridge splitting, we have become more proficient and accurate. While I jumped in for those procedures, I realized I prefer all my implant placement with virtual guidance. Once you get comfortable using dynamic guidance you won’t want to go back to traditional placement.

Advanced Implant Educators. Visit their site here.

New TaP Upgrades

TaP Component upgrades are on the way. If you have a TaP system you will be receiving your new TaP parts in the coming weeks. The new parts provide improved patient comfort, user comfort and accuracy.
If you have any questions please direct them to [email protected].
HeadTracker – New design with 5 support points providing greater resistance to movement and patient comfort, and a low profile providing unhindered access to the mouth.
HeadTracker – New design with increased tag support improves accuracy, especially in the upper jaw. New Universal Tag Adapter enables tracking any tool, including a high-speed handpiece or osteotome.
Calibrator – ergonomic and autoclavable tool for calibration of low speed and high handpieces with drills and burs, saws, and other surgical tools.
TracerTool – New ergonomic design: wider body for easy grip, better weight balance, and increased support for TracerTag for improved accuracy.

Navident In Clinical Scientific Literature

Several Navident studies have been published this year with many more in progress. Take a look at 3 of the latest in JOI, JOE and JOMI and click here to see all Navident publications
  • A Novel Application of Dynamic Navigation System in Socket Shield Technique. Chen JT. J Oral Implantol. 2019 Aug 7. doi: 10.1563/aaid-joi-D-19-00072. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31389753 Abstract JOI
  • Gambarini G, Galli M, Stefanelli LV, Di Nardo D, Morese A, Seracchiani M, De Angelis F, Di Carlo S, Testarelli L. Endodontic Microsurgery Using Dynamic Navigation System: A Case Report. JOE. Abstract JOE
  • Stefanelli LV, DeGroot BS, Lipton DI, Mandelaris GA. Accuracy of a Dynamic Dental Implant Navigation System in a Private Practice. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2019 January/February;34(1):205–213. doi: 10.11607/jomi.6966. Epub 2018 Dec 5. PubMed PMID: 30521660. Abstract JOMI

Welcome To Christian And Erik!

Christian Pusateri, U.S. Eastern Region Manager
Christian is passionate about medical technology that makes a real difference in people’s lives. After a decade of selling and marketing cutting edge medical devices and technology in the mid-Atlantic, Southwestern and New England markets, Christian has landed at ClaroNav to help promote the future standard of care in guided oral surgery.

Erik Chang, Director of Sales & Marketing APAC
Erik has 15 years of experience as a sales manager focusing on the implementation of different dental products and training of dental sales territory representatives.The range of business covers categories including dental implants, regenerative dental materials, and equipment for digital dental solutions. Experienced in collaboration and assisting various dental implant hands-on courses in both private or institution settings.

More bios can be found on our company page here.

Opportunities To Try Navident

Here are opportunities to get hands on training or a chance to see a demo for Navident. A list of of our Fall trade show schedule here. Information on our hands on training is found here.

For further Information:

Corporate Partnerships and International Distribution:
Jason Pardo
[email protected]

Tom Tilmans
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Erik Chang
[email protected]

Southern Europe
Luca Casalena
[email protected]

Western US
Mike Freeman
[email protected]

Eastern US
Christian Pusateri
[email protected]

Canada, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan
Darrell Cook
[email protected]

Dr. Ido Bermanis
[email protected]

Training and Continuing Education
Beth Budreau
[email protected]

(photo) Dr. Max Miller finding his Navi wings at the AAOMS Annual Meeting to Navigate his way to higher ground