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 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:
1. Medical or Cone-beam CT
2. Implant planning software
3. Guided implant surgery drill kit
4. Custom surgical template
During a period of time, usually two to six months, the metal post on which the new crown will rest becomes fused with the bone of the jaw. Once the post and jawbone have fused, a new crown and abutment attaching to the implant are created and attached. Implants support individual cemented crowns, bridges or dentures.
ADVANTAGES OF GUIDED IMPLANT SURGERY
- 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.