Plus points for technology once more! Thanks to the innovation that is computer-guided dental implant surgery, implants are now a possibility for more patients from a wider range who are all missing one or more of their teeth.
Computer-guided dental implant surgery enables dental implant specialists to be more precise yet less invasive in their implant procedure.
If you’re wondering how it works, let’s quickly give you a description of the procedure: a 3D scan of the patient’s mouth and create a virtual surgery based on that. Here models of the patient’s mouth and the scans taken are overlayed, enabling the dental surgeon to perform a simulated surgery. As you know, this information is what we use to create a computer-generated surgical guide to assist in the placement of the implants that would be nothing less than precise.
It is especially helpful in those cases where the margin of error is very small and where a free-hand approach is highly discouraged due to the high possibility of a negative outcome. A guided approach will help the surgeon greatly in knowing the exact location of the patient’s vital structures – tooth roots, nerves, bone, and sinuses.
Guided implant placement is also considered helpful in those cases where the patients have all of the teeth in their dental arch missing and there is no other landmark for orientation. In this particular situation, a guide will allow the surgeon to better understand where the planned restorative position will be exactly.
Computer-guided surgery also serves as a valuable tool for communication between the surgeon and the restorative dentist, because of the importance of implant placements being restorative-driven as well as biologically compatible. A guide that is fabricated by the restorative dentist can help the surgeon determine whether or not the planned implant position is possible.
What does a computer-guided surgery mean for a patient? Well, some of the most amazing benefits include the fact that there would be less pain, bruising, swelling, and discomfort after the surgery. The procedures will almost often require smaller incisions, which equates to a speedier healing process post-surgery. If you are a patient who has been told before that you are not a candidate for dental implants, a guided surgery may actually make the procedure possible. You can contact us and we’d be happy to refer you to a restorative dentist who can perform a guided surgery for you.
If you are a dental professional who is interested in making guided implant placement a part of your dental services, then do give us a call to learn more!