09 Sep Guided surgery for dental implants; advantages?
Advances in Dentistry (Guided Surgery)
In recent times, great changes have been generated in dentistry and more specifically in dental implantology. Techniques have been developed that allow us to be more precise and less invasive in addition to being more effective. One of these changes is computer-guided surgery. This is a technique that allows us to place implants in the precise place that has been planned in advance through the computer and 3D technology.
What do we need for guided surgery?
To be able to perform guided surgery, two diagnostic tests are needed. One of them is the dental CT or CBCT. The CT allows us to evaluate the quantity and quality (greater or lesser density) of bone in the lower jaw and maxilla. It also allows us to assess anatomical structures that we must avoid, such as the dental nerve, maxillary sinuses or adjacent teeth. After the CT, what we must obtain is an intraoral scan that allows us to evaluate the teeth and gums. The intraoral scanner replaces the old molds (alginate or PVS).
Once we have the CT and the scan, they are transferred to a software to superimpose them and plan the dental implants. In this way we can assess the ideal position of the implant in the bone. Next, a surgical guide (printed or milled) is designed and generated that will allow us to place the implants through cups.
On the day of surgery, this guide or splint is placed in the patient’s mouth and the implants can be placed without having to open the gum as it is done in the traditional way. This implies a considerable reduction in time in addition to not having to put stitches.
The most important advantages of this approach are: precision, reduction of intervention time and less postoperative pain.
At BLASI Clínica Dental Barcelona we have the latest technology to offer the least invasive treatments possible.