Guided implant surgery is a modern method of installing dental implants in patients who are missing teeth, or have just had a tooth removed. It uses computers to scan the patient’s mouth and create a 3D model, which allows the dentist to plan the optimum procedure before carrying it out. Without the guided approach, some guesswork is needed to choose the part of the jawbone the dentist will use to place the implant; with the 3D model, the dentist knows before going in.
Guided dental implant surgery is when the dentist utilizes advanced machinery and imaging technology to “guide” or aid them to manufacture and place dental implants more efficiently, precisely and accurately. Computer guided implant surgery is significantly quicker, oftentimes resulting in the patient getting his or her new teeth on a single dental office visit. This new and improved dental implant surgery allows the dentist to have a more complete picture of the patient’s mouth and accurately produce the most appropriate dental implants. These steps that use to require many dental office visits can now be performed on the same day, concluding with the surgery. In one day, a patient can have new teeth and a renewed smile.
If you are missing a tooth, or have a broken or damaged tooth that needs to be removed, a dental implant is often the best solution, as it doesn’t involve your other teeth. It is important that an implant looks and feels natural, and to achieve this, the placement must be perfect. While skilled dentists can carry out an implant procedure to produce an aesthetically-pleasing result without the aid of a computer, guided implant surgery reduces the risk of human error significantly, by planning the safest, most efficient procedure, with the best-looking result. Moreover, guided surgery also allows the dentist to superimpose abutments and plan how much space will be needed for the crown and any other structure that will be added. The biggest advantage for many dentists who perform guided implant surgery is safety.
Especially if you need full rehabilitation of the mouth with 8-12 dental implants the guided implant surgery is the safest quickest and more accurate treatment method for these complex treatment which is simplifying the whole surgical procedure
What are the advantages of computer guided implant surgery
The advantages of Guided Implant Surgery are:
The dentist can visualize the patient’s mouth structure and jaw bone. This allows accurate planning together with the patient.
Reduce surgical time.
Increase accuracy of implant position
Less invasive, shorter recovery time
Look, feel and function like natural teeth
The first step is to conduct an oral exam of the patient to assess that implants are a suitable treatment. The patient’s mouth first needs to be scanned, using a dental CBCT and 3D imaging techniques to assemble 2D images into a 3D digital model. A CBCT scan captures important information, such as the position of nerves, sinuses, and other anatomical points of reference. The dentist then uses this model to plan the procedure.
They will create a surgical guide, which is used to place the implant. After this a crown is placed, resulting in a natural-looking tooth. Due to the precise planning before the surgery, the implant procedure is usually completed very quickly and efficiently.
Guided implant surgery is becoming more and more common in dental practices, and the use of CBCT scans, computers and CAD/CAM technology is thought by some to be the future of dental implant procedure.