Surgical guides are used for more safety and precision in complex cases that require dental implant therapy. Surgical guides are 3D printed based on the digital planning of the surgery, using specialised software and the CBCT of the patient.
Surgical guides allow doctors to plan an implant virtually and then accurately place an implant in the most safe, predictable, and efficient manner. In addition to increased accuracy, patients will also save chair time.
What is a Surgical Guide?
Surgical guides are the latest advancement in implant technology. A surgical guide is created by taking impressions on an CT scan of the desired surgical implant site as well as a computer-guided 3D implant planning system. A surgical guide replicates the exact surfaces of the patient’s trauma setting and assists the surgeon to drill implants into the bone with optimal accuracy. Upon placement on the patient’s bone, the surgical guide uses sleeves to help guide the surgical instruments and implant to the proper location.
An assessment of the patient’s anatomy will help determine which type of treatment plan is best. When designing your surgical guide, keep in mind how the guide will be supported. Other factors that will determine your patient’s individualized implant treatment include: the patient’s needs, the number of implants required, the type of surgical guide needed. After the patient’s clinical examination, a surgical guide can be created to suit your patient’s treatment plan.
Advantages of Using a Surgical Guide
One of the main advantages of utilizing a surgical guide is increased accuracy. This not only reduces surgery time, but reduces trauma, pain, and swelling for patients. In turn, it leads to a shorter recovery time for patients. Additionally, it promotes consistent optimal implant placement, resulting in predictable patient care.