Guided implant surgery is the process of planning the implant surgery on a computer using the patient’s CT scans. This advanced technology uses the patient’s CT data to diagnose the patient beforehand and can mimic the surgery according to the surgery plan.
To conduct a guided implant surgery, the following criteria and processes need to be met:
- Patient needs to have a missing tooth
- Patient needs to have done a cone beam scan with or without a radiographic guide
- Model creation — either stone or virtual — on which the surgical guide will need to be made
The first step is to do a thorough oral and medical exam to be certain that the patient is not only a candidate for guided implants, but for implants in general. In some cases, a removable appliance or bridge may be the best restoration for what the patient needs.
Advantages of guided implant surgery
- Surgery can be precise, safe, and predictable
- Surgery time is shorter
- Allows us to use keyhole surgery technique which means a shorter recovery time for patients
- Less invasion, blood, and pain for the patient
- Bone grafts can be minimised
Disadvantages of guided implant surgery
- The surgery planning time takes longer
- Any unexpected situations during surgery are hard to be dealt with, however this is rare
- Immediate temporary teeth (as seen on the left) will be changed after minimum of 3 months to more aesthetically pleasing ceramic teeth