Until today, the only mode of implant placement was through classic surgical procedure, which involved cutting, drilling and stitching of the wound. Consequently, patients suffered from postoperative pain and swelling, which may be mild to excessive, but the recovery time, lasting up to 2 weeks in certain cases, was an inevitable fact of life.
Computer guided implant surgery offers a brand new approach to implant placement. The patients go home with no cut, no swelling, and no pain, and the postoperative recovery is greatly sped up. Patients may return to their daily activities as soon as the next day.
Computer guided implant surgery also features the opportunity to plan ahead the positioning of implants and crowns, making the prosthetics construction phase much faster and more accurate. Using specially developed software, the implants are positioned virtually, and then using the provided data a devise called surgical guide is fabricated which will be used in the operation.
The greatest benefit provided by computer guided implant surgery is achieved when dealing with complete toothlessness, where the surgical incision and postoperative period used to be the most difficult aspects and took the two weeks to heal.
The following steps are taken in the guided implant surgery procedure:
A special kind of 3D CBCT is taken so that it includes an image of the whole prosthesis with special markers on it. After this, the software is used to design the implants, their length, positioning and position in relation to one another. Then, a guided implant surgery stent is created in the 3D printer which will serve as a reference guide during the surgical procedure.
On the day of the surgery, the implant stent is pinned into the mouth, after which the sockets for implants are prepared. If it is necessary, tiny incisions are made after removing the stent to verify the position of implants in the bone. The whole process takes about 10-15 minutes and the patient may carry the temporary arch as soon as the next day.
Some of the benefits of using computer guided implant surgery are:
• Pain-free operation;
• Short duration;
• The postoperative recovery lasts for only one day
• Placement of implants with preplanned crown positioning, which makes the outcome more accurately executed and aesthetically superior.
The cost of guided implant surgery is €250 + the 3D CBCT image production.
Until today, the only mode of implant placement was through classic surgical procedure, which involved cutting, drilling and stitching of the wound.