Ask any dentist and you’ll get a number of opinions on the best dental implants and their thoughts on guided implant surgery. There are those who embrace new concepts and those who resist. While change can be intimidating, and dentists can argue that the old way is essentially an artform, it’s easy to acknowledge that with proper training guided surgery provides a solution where doctors can plan an implant virtually, and then accurately place an implant in the most safe, predictable, and efficient manner. With guided surgery, not only can you place the implant for the most aesthetic result, but you are virtually guaranteed a more efficient, safer surgery.
To do guided implant surgery you need three things: a suitable patient, a cone beam scan, and a model — either stone or virtual — from which the surgical guide will be made. You must be certain that the patient is scanned by a system that works with the implant planning software you are using and the lab that will ultimately fabricate the guide (easy to do when you select CinZara!).
What is Guided Implant Surgery?
Guided implant surgery is the process of planning the implant surgery on a computer using the patient’s CT image. The conventional method of using the patient’s panoramic x-ray to plan implant surgery cannot transfer the planning exactly as planned, however, guided implant surgery can transfer the plan as exactly as the doctor plans on the computer. To carry out the surgery exactly as the surgery plan, a custom surgical template and guided implant surgery kit are needed.
The followings are needed for guided implant surgery.
- Medical or Cone-beam CT
- Implant planning software
- Guided implant surgery drill kit
- Custom surgical template
The Pros and Cons of Guided Implant Surgery
Guided implant surgery uses the patient’s CT data to diagnose the patient beforehand, can mimic the surgery according to the surgery plan, and has the following advantages:
- Surgery can be precise, safe, and predictable.
- Surgery time is shorter.
- Generally carried out as a flapless surgery and shorter recovery time for the patient.
- Less invasion, blood, and pain for the patient.
- Immediate loading is possible.
- Bone grafts can be minimized.
The disadvantages of guided implant surgery are as follows:
- Expensive CT machine is necessary.
- When doing a flapless surgery, the patient’s bone situation cannot be assessed.
- The surgery planning time takes longer.
- The user must learn the planning software.
- Any unexpected situations during surgery are hard to be dealt with.
- Surgical kits and surgical templates must be purchased.
With our CinZara dental surgical guides & dental implant planning services, the disadvantages of guided implant surgery are virtually eliminated. We’re able to take your dental CT scans (or even scan your patients for you, if you’re within metro Detroit), apply custom settings for the dental implants you choose to use, and create a 3D bone and tissue model to see exactly what you’re working with. With the expertise of Dr. Ghabi Kaspo, the planning portion of the dental implant is seamless and collaborative, eliminating the issues of longer planning time or the steep learning curve associated with new software.
If you’re a dentist looking to implement dental implants or simply take your dental implant practice to new levels, contact us today to see how we can help!