What is Computer-Guided Implant Surgery
Computer guided implant surgery represents the latest innovations in the field of implant dentistry. Using Computerized Tomography (CT) scan and 3D imaging, implant specialists can now visualize and plan the precise placement of dental implants in three dimensions. This eliminates the guesswork involved and helps the clinician determine the optimal area for successful implant placement.
It also allows the dentist to create the temporary restorations prior to the surgery and place the restorations the day of the surgery hence providing greater satisfaction to the patient and improved aesthetics as well as comfort.
It consists of 4 steps in planning and performing extremely accurate implant surgery.
- A Cone Beam Computerized Tomography(CBCT) image is taken of your jaw - this is very similar to a medical CAT Scan. It gives us a 3-dimensional image of your jaw.
- An intraoral scan is taken to create a image of the the surfaces of the teeth and gum tissue. This is not a radiographic procedure and is basically a series of photographs that are stitched together by the software.
- Sophisticated software that allows us to place implants in your jaw in the best possible locations is then used to plan the surgery.
- The most recent advance has been the developement of the X-Nav system which is a computer driven method to direct the surgery itself so that we can place the implants in your jaw just as we had planned them on the computer. It dramatically increases the precise placement of the implants.
BENEFITS OF COMPUTER-GUIDED IMPLANT PLACEMENT SURGERY
- Computer-guided implant placement allows surgeons to make smaller, precise, and cleaner incisions, which is incredibly beneficial to patients.
- Smaller incisions ultimately help patients recover from surgery much faster, and often with fewer complications.
- Furthermore, surgeons can determine accurate treatment plans and make exact implantations due to cone beam CT scans. This further reduces the risk of complications and implant failure, while also allowing the procedure to go a little faster.
- Computer-guided implants open up the option to more patients who once may have not been considered good candidates. For instance, certain patients who have a bone volume or dental structure issue can now benefit.
- Guided technology accurately shows the patient’s jawbone, soft tissue locations, root anatomy, and tissue thickness. As such, surgeons are more inclined to install implants knowing that the chances of unexpected surgical events are reduced and that a visual plan of action and safety measures in place.