Conventional freehand implant surgeries have been performed, taught and even modified by dental implant surgeons for quite some time now. Through the years, computed implant guided surgery has been developed and perfected to offer real time solutions to modern dentistry. What makes the surgery unique is the fact that it entails a reverse engineering workflow whereby one needs to first establish the perfect location of the planned restoration before developing the implant. Later, surgical leads are formed to help the surgeon accurately place the implants as per the virtual plan.
Right from inception, guided dental implant planning as well as guided surgical procedures have undergone through numerous modifications. Some practitioners have gradually adopted this technology with ease while others are still confused and skeptic about its outcome. As a result, there is a ton of misguided information surrounding the field of guided surgery. Some of these include:
1. Guided surgery is an easier technique for placing a dental implant
Due to its complex and advanced placement procedure, guided surgery is often advised for qualified implant surgeons. Before getting certified as a guided implant surgeon, you will have to undergo extensive training and gain more experience to help you master the technique. Guided implant surgery is meant for qualified implant surgeons who are invested in seeking perfection in the procedure. It is not an easy substitute for the typical implant process
2. It increases clinical time competence
For a surgeon who has mastered the art of guided surgery, chair side tie efficiency can improve significantly. In most instances, this enhanced effectiveness is common in various implants as well as full-arch patient cases. However, guided surgery never reduces a patient treatment time at any given point as most of the time is used up on planning and not treatment. Taking impressions and importing digital imaging are some of the time-consuming activities that must be undertaken.
3. Guided surgery is only meant for challenging cases only
Since its introduction, many dental practitioners assume that guided surgery is primarily for difficult cases. A dental procedure can be categorized to be complex or simple but what matters is how efficiently and effectively the surgeon has mastered the technique to remedy the situation. It’s true that the first ever guided surgery was developed to handle implant placement for edentulous patients but this has not restricted the surgeons to meet their patient’s needs. This technique can be undertaken for a patient who wants a solo tooth replaced or a fully/partially edentulous case. Additionally, the placement of implants can be done fully guided or with the help of pilot guides with the ultimate implant placement done using conventional instrumentation.
There is more to guided surgery than most dentists assume to know especially with its recent modifications. With Cortex guided surgery your dental practice is complemented by digital solutions that make you more precise in your clinical practice. Cortex virtual guide design and imaging technology facilitated by computed tomography not only refines you as a dentist but also eliminates chances for error.