Guided Surgery: a Digital Approach From A to Z
In the world of dentistry, few things are as innovative and effective as guided surgery: a combination of digital technology practice and classic dental implant surgery, this procedure stands out from the crowd. How can technology do magic and what is the purpose of this excellent advancement in the dental implant arena? Slowly becoming a standard of care in every practice, guided surgery is a less invavise procedure with high aestethic results, which has been proved to advance dentists’ work by preserving maxillary anatomical structure and offering a higher flexibility in the challenging cases.
Although at its core it’s based on simplicity, guided surgery requires training, experience, and skill. One of the golden rules you’ll learn during the introduction to this procedure, is to never skip any steps, attention to details being a necessity during all workflow as all steps are dependent to each other for the final success.
The main usage of guided surgery is in treating partially edentulous cases, where multi-implants or full-arch cases are in play, proving to be a very effective procedure to get to the long-missed natural-looking teeth for the patients.
A workflow in three steps
Guided surgery is strongly linked to digital technology. All three steps of the workflow are essential for a transparent and safe procedure.
• Template Design – Using a planning software which enables the dentists to visualize the anatomy of the patient’s jaw in full detail, the template design provides a platform for virtually planning the ideal position of the implants with the exact depth and angle of the implant.
• 3D Printer – Providing an efficient and precise manufacturing of dental implants and crowns.
• Guided Surgery Procedure – Using the special tools and drills, the implant is placed in the safest and most elegant way, starting from the tissue punch and bone mill to the placement of the implant.
Real advantages for dentists and patients
It’s no wonder that guided surgery is one of the most popular method in the realm of implantology: easily generating a virtual representation of the jaw and shortening the time of the procedure are extremely convenient for dental professionals. What real advantages can we count?
• Safety – The top-level of accuracy involved, starting from the imaging technology to the dental implant itself, provides a high degree of safety in all workflows.
• Time & Resource Efficient – The time frame of a dental procedure is substantially reduced, as plenty of guided surgeries can lead to a renewed smile for a patient in just one day.
• Precision – The procedure is better understood by patients, as you have the opportunity to show them the scans containing the virtual implants and to anticipate the obstacles that might come along, in a very straightforward and reliable approach.
• Traceability – The planning of the procedure, which is in fact listed and recorded, will be the benchmark in the medical field in the future.
The benefits of the guided surgery are considerable for the patients as well as the dentists, as it can induce confidence by seeing and understanding each step of the procedure, making the intervention shorter and becoming, overall, a more enjoyable experience.
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