CT Guided Implant Surgery

What is guided implant surgery?

Guided implant surgery uses patient’s CT images to plan implant surgery through computer software. Conventional implant planning via panoramic x-ray images has its limitations as precise execution according to the surgery plan is often difficult. However, guided implant surgery can be executed accurately and precisely as planned. For guided implant surgery a customized surgical template and a specialized surgery tool kit is needed.

Guided implant surgery requires the following tools:

  • Medical or Cone-beam CT
  • Implant planning software
  • Guided implant surgery drill kit
  • Custom surgical template
    • Strengths and Weakness of Guided Implant Surgery

      Guided implant surgery uses CT data to examine and pre-plan the surgery, and since precision execution can be done, guided implant surgery provides the following benefits.

      • Accurate, safe, and predictable surgery.
      • Shorter operation time.
      • Shorter healing time with flapless surgery.
      • Smaller incisions with less bleeding and pain.
      • Immediate loading can be done.
      • Bone graft can be minimized.
      • Guided implant surgery has the following weaknesses.
      • Expensive CT equipment is needed.
      • Patient’s bone cannot be checked during flapless surgery.
      • Surgery planning takes longer.
      • Need to learn how to operate planning software.
      • Difficult to deal with unexpected situations during surgery.
      • Requires purchase of Surgical Kit and Surgical Template.
        • Cone-beam CT

          Cone-beam CT is a specialized x-ray equipment that scans the patient in three-dimension. By using Cone-beam CT along with proper software, a precise and accurate examination of the patient, with realistic visuals, can be achieved.

          Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

          The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. Dental Implants are indicated as a treatment option for:

          Replacing a Single Tooth: If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.

          Replacing Several Teeth: If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.

          Replacing All of Your Teeth: If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots

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