Guided Implant Surgery
In the past implant surgeons relied mainly on traditional dental x-rays to diagnose patients for implant surgery. This limited the ability to determine the bone dimensions and visualize surrounding anatomy. Our office now uses three-dimensional imaging to diagnose your jaws for implant options. This eliminates some of the guesswork involved determining what parts of the jawbone offer the best sites for dental implant placement. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) allows us to visualize the jaw three-dimensionally, but is a faster and safer than a conventional medical CT scan because a much lower dose of radiation is used. At Misch Implant Dentistry we use the Carestream 9000 imaging system offering the highest resolution and the lowest radiation dose.
Guided surgery often takes less time to perform implant placement and may not require any incisions in the gum. However, it does add cost and added time is needed to order and ship the guide. In the future we will likely print these guides in our office. We are currently evaluating the use of navigational or image guided surgery to guide implant placement from a computer screen. The surgeon has “x-ray vision” using GPS like navigation to perform the implant surgery. However, all this technology is only as good as the surgeon that uses it. It does not replace the judgment and experience of a skilled surgical specialist.