The Journal of Implant & Advanced Clinical Dentistry

Thoughts on Guided Implant Surgery

By harnessing any advances in procedure, technique, and equipment, we, as dental professionals, can offer the best treatments possible to our patients. Guided implant surgery is an example that we’ll discuss here.

This is a proven technique for implants in clinical dentistry that uses both implant planning software along with CT images to craft a surgery plan. It is much more effective than using conventional panoramic x-rays to design the implant surgery. These x-rays do not allow for the exact transfer of the plan as efficaciously as one crafted using a CT scan.

Surgical guides have been proven to dramatically reduce the risks and length of dental implant surgery. Time is significantly reduced per implant, as this procedure is clinically more predictable than unguided implants.

Studies on these implants in clinical dentistry have shown long-term success, which can be attributed to accurate planning and precise placement of the implant itself. Correct placement has many benefits for the patient, including favorable esthetic and prosthetic results. It also increases the potential of optimal occlusion and implant loading, whereas minor placement variations can lead to difficulties in the fabrication of final prostheses.

Guided implants may cost a bit more as compared to traditional implant surgery, and the pre-surgical planning time is increased, but the benefits for the patient make it time well spent.


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